We decided to hit the city streets of Winston Salem today. First we went to the Old Shell Shaped Service Station on the corner of East Sprague St and Peachtree St. Shell had eight of these stations built and this is the last remaining one. Next up was Old Salem and the Tea Pot at South Main St. & Old Salem Rd. then onto Graylyn and then to Reynolda House and Reynolda Village where the people that think they are rich go to shop. Our last stop was Historic Bethabara Park.
The present owner told me he purchased the station five years ago and the roof was about to fall in. He bought the large sign which hangs out over the pumps still in the original crate and kept it in the crate until after renovating the station. The station has been vandalized twice since it has been renovated. Someone shot one of the globes on top of one of the pumps and someone shot one of the large windows out on the front of the station.
These rapids got there name from the basketball court that is about thirty feet from the rapids. I remember the court from when I was yet a teenager. My brother and my uncle would take model rocket cars there to shoot them off to see if they would make it all the way across the court without wrecking. When I came back from Iran in 1977 my grandfather and I walked up to the rapids and fished them. That day we fished from the rapids back down to the cabin.