Old 11-12-2011, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default Uncle Billy Reed

I thought some of you guys might find this interesting. I don't know if this is a well known land mark or not. I stumbled upon it this week in Greenwood Cemetery in Nashville, TN. Greenwood is near my office, and it borders a busy CSX line, so I went in hoping to find a spot near the tracks for future train pics.

Not far inside the gate I saw this:


Uncle Billy 2 by ridestherain, on Flickr

I parked and went over to take a closer look. The headstone:


Uncle Billy 3 by ridestherain, on Flickr

And the foot marker:


Uncle Billy 5 by ridestherain, on Flickr

It appears to be a genuine wheel from the NC & St. L. The backside:


Uncle Billy 4 by ridestherain, on Flickr

Greenwood is an African American cemetery founded just after the end of the Civil War. Uncle Billy was a railroader for the Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis railroad and was rightfully proud of it. I plan to do a little more research and see what else I can find out about Uncle Billy and the marker. Not something you see everyday.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:02 AM   #2
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I thought some of you guys might find this interesting. Not something you see everyday.[/b]
And they said you can't take it with you. I like the idea - thanks for sharing!

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Old 11-12-2011, 03:34 AM   #3
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Thanks for the photos. I bet there's a hell of a story involved.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:58 AM   #4
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I have seen photos of locomotive headstones but the wheel is something new.

Or old too.
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Cool stuff. And, dare I say it?, a well-composed shot could make RP. Not that it should be your goal, but it would be a cool way to share the shot beyond a few forum readers.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:19 AM   #6
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Cool stuff. And, dare I say it?, a well-composed shot could make RP. Not that it should be your goal, but it would be a cool way to share the shot beyond a few forum readers.
Might work on that one day when I have some time.
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That's pretty neat.
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Mr. Pick, if you wouldn't mind, could you go back and photograph that on a cloudy day, then send me the image so I can clone that wheel/headstone into this shot? Thanks.

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I’ve driven by that cemetery hundreds of times and never knew that was there. I’m going to forward a link to the people at the NC&STL Historical Society and see if they have any records about Mr. Reed. There has to be a story, my dad was a big fan of the NC&STL and I don’t think he knew about. That’s something I’m sure he would have showed me over the years. I’ll post what I get back.
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It would look good in that picture. I might even brush the dead grass off of it for you...
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It would look good in that picture. I might even brush the dead grass off of it for you...


And there is a wide open spot in the center of the frame just waiting for that wheel.
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And there is a wide open spot in the center of the frame just waiting for that wheel.
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I’ve driven by that cemetery hundreds of times and never knew that was there. I’m going to forward a link to the people at the NC&STL Historical Society and see if they have any records about Mr. Reed. There has to be a story, my dad was a big fan of the NC&STL and I don’t think he knew about. That’s something I’m sure he would have showed me over the years. I’ll post what I get back.
Thanks Doyle, I'd love to see whatever you find. So far all I've found is a mention of him in an old Nashville Scene article, and I discovered that it is on a list for "waypointers," people who go find things from gps co-ordinates and then take a picture to document they were there.

By the way, I'm a big fan of your pics. Looking forward to trying my hand at the Madison Cemetery one day soon.

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