It’s amazing what you can find if you look closely at fields as you drive. I found this truck in the city of Greer as I was driving in from North Carolina to visit family. I don’t know a lot about the history of this truck or Barnhill Motor Express. I did find an ad in the paper for the company going back to June of 1946 (here’s the link). I also found a court summons allowing the company to operate in the County of Richland in 1973 (here’s that link). There were a few more public records but I didn’t dig too deep. It would be an interesting story to know the history of Barnhill and how this truck ended up in this field.
It’s been a long day! Got up about 5am to shoot the sunrise over the Contemporary Hotel from the Grand Floridian. Got to the Grand Floridian at about 6am and shot quite a bit until the sun cleared the top of the Contemporary. I’m heading off to Tampa tomorrow for a couple of days of fun with the family, seeing some friends, and doing a little bit of shooting. Have a great weekend
There was a time when Winter Garden’s railroad was the lifeblood of the town – back when the citrus industry was king. In the 20’s pullman cars ran through downtown bringing prospectors from far and wide to see the growing little city in Florida. During World War II, the citrus industry boomed as the federal government, eager to provide soldiers with vitamins necessary to fight disease, purchased large quantities of canned orange juice to send to troops around the world.
The railroad is still in use today, but citrus is no longer Winter Garden’s primary industry and the railroad isn’t what it was. What it means to the town has changed. But it’s still there, a reminder of days gone by.
Had a couple of requests to create a wallpaper of the image above from Daytona. You can right click and save this one (800px) or you can click below to download a 1920×1080 (high def) version of it. Because of the original width of the image, you’ll have black bars on the top of the bottom but at least you’ll get the whole image.