Downtown Kingsport at Main and Shelby Streets

Visible in this image is an area of downtown Kingsport near the intersection of Main and Shelby streets. The large building on the left was J. Fred Johnson’s Big Store and the building to the right was the Strand Theater. After the Strand Theater moved to Broad Street around 1925 the theater reopened as the Gem Theater. The road running from left to right across the back of the image is modern day West Sullivan Street. At the time it was the main road through Kingsport.

Photographer: Unknown

Date Taken: c. 1916




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