Readers Write

In the News Brief (Aug 14) there was mention of a 100-year-old home in the Blow Gourd community between Locust Fork and Cleveland and a request for information about a gourd being used to call the proprietor of a store located there.

I do not portend to offer myself as an expert on the subject, but I just turned 81 a few days ago, and as long as I can remember, this is the way my daddy and my granddaddy told me.

“That dirt road that came from Tennessee to Birmingham (through what is now known as “Blow Gourd” or Concord) was called the Tennessee Pike. And before any homes were built there, a traveling peddler selling pots and pans and other household items out of a covered wagon would come down the Tennessee Pike and set up shop for a day or so along the way. Legend has it he would announce his arrival by sounding frequent blasts on a horn fashioned out of a gourd. This would alert folks in the surrounding area that he was there and ready to do business.”

Eventually, it became an early settlement and naturally it was only right to call it BLOW GOURD.

To this day it’s still unincorporated, but it’s even posted on the weather maps on television. So everybody knows where Blow Gourd is located. It’s about 5.5 miles north of Spoonhandle; about 2 miles north of top end of Spunky Hollow; and about 2 miles northeast of Chigger Hill. In fact, as the crow flies, it’s not a really long distance from Chapultepec.

Now, I don’t know how factual this is, but it’s how I remember the story, being born and raised in Blount County.

Brice Marsh