Thursday, November 01, 2007

Wise County Landmark Destroyed

High Knob Tower Burning

I learned with great sadness that the tower on High Knob in Wise County was burned by arsonists the night before Halloween.

It is really tragic for someone would lay waste to such a historic and frequently used local landmark. More information can be found at The Coalfield Progress and The Kingsport Times-News.

I did a post on the tower sometime back on HS. While the tower might be gone for now, I have a feeling I am not alone in saying one day it will be restored to its original glory.

3 comments:

Our Goblin Market said...

This is so sad and makes me think of the graffiti on the rocks formations high on the hills over the Brumley Gap Road near Hayters Gap. I don't understand the need to destroy such wonderful and beautiful things. Please let us know more on the subject and if they decide to replace this wonderful structure.

April said...

So very sad. We are in a time when many, many people in Wise County are trying to protect its ecotourism industry from the ravages of the coal and power industries. So it is an even bigger insult to the region that some person or persons see fit to make it harder for people to enjoy its most precious asset--its natural beauty.

mark justin cowden said...

high knob was one of my most wonderous memories of the place my family is from. we walked up those steps of that tower many times. i hope they can rebuild it. i'm sure my initials were on it somewhere...lol.one day i will return to see high knob and benges rock. i would love for it to be my final resting place. i'm 50 now... and one day i would love for my 2 kids to see it! once i drove to the top of high knob around christmas one year... it was heavy fog about 8am in the morning, being a cold morning, the fog had changed into a frost that covered everything in about a 2 inch layer after i had gotten past benges rock. it was definatly a unwordly event that i will never forget...and i felt like i had reached heaven when i got to the top of it. its always one of the most remarkable places i will ever remember. thanks, mark p.s. hello to all my family in and around norton. you can reach me at markjustin57@yahoo.com even though the tower is gone..it will always be in my memories! all things must pass...