Pictures of the Past

In 1987, Barton’s purchased their current location in Walnut Ridge from Marlin and Alvin Wilcoxson to relocate, consolidate and build a more modern facility. The location had been the home of the old WalRidge Motel, which was torn down to make way for construction. The foundation of the motel was used as a base for the current lean-to shed near what is now the walking trail. In March of 1988, Barton’s held a grand opening at their new location. Employees pictured are (from left) Michael Bolding, Charles Liscomb, Tom Rainwater, Marvin “Bud” Burnside, Donald Prater, Lucille Brand, Ronnie Pierce, Alice Brand, Curt Huckaby, Junior Rutherford, Wes Bridges and Leonard Hardin. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)

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