Yesterday morning at 9:30 AM as I was driving my daughter to her 18 month-old check up, I happened to look over and see a bulldozer clearing the brush around the iconic rock silo tower on Columbia in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Less than an hour later, as I drove back to my house which is just about a mile away from the silo, my speculations were accurate:
They had completely flattened it. Only rubble remained.
Later that afternoon, I kept getting notifications from the “i heart spring hill (TN, y’all)” Facebook group after a professional photographer named Rick Sweeney happened to also be driving by, and took pictures of the event.
It was somewhat of an emotional response that I was seeing in the comments of his photos. I feel like it was just an unspoken agreement for anyone who lives in Spring Hill, that we perceived that old rock silo tower as one of the town’s official landmarks; though we never really talked about it.
By the way, a very special thank you goes out to Rick Sweeney for allowing me to use his photos to illustrate this story. Here is a link to more of his work, beyond the silo: Rick Sweeney Photography.
My family moved to Spring Hill three years ago. I always knew it was a matter of time before whoever has holding on to the property finally decided to sell their family’s land and instantly become millionaires.
So exactly three years ago I took my son out to the silo and took some pictures with him there. I wanted to provide a special way to remind him of that place years after it was torn down.
I also filmed an episode of one of my YouTube shows, Uncle Nick’s Enchanted Forest, on location at the silo.
After that, I made my peace with it; knowing it would probably be a few months later before the tower was destroyed.
Fortunately, I was wrong. It took a couple of years. Yesterday was the day: December 4th, 2017.
This event is the modern day Spring Hill version of, “They paved paradise and put a parking lot.”
We all knew this day would come.
I will miss you, old abandoned rock silo tower that no one really talked about until know.
We don’t know what we got ’til it’s gone.
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