Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Bob Wright

Old Hickory Powder Plant

Recommended Posts

I saw a photo of the Old Hickory Powder Plant in a Cracker Barrel restaurant here in Memphis.  My uncle worked there just before he joined the US Army.  At the time he worked there it was operated by DuPont and they were producing Cordite for the British.  Cordite was a soft pliable stuff that was extruded.  Before it solidified it could be molded like clay.

 

My uncle made a shapely ladies' leg complete with a dainty high heeled shoe from Cordite and gave it to my mother, very racey at the time!  When I first saw the leg, about 1943 or so, it was maybe six inches from thigh (blush!) to heel.  The last time I saw it, 1985 or so, it had shrunk to about 3 1/2" long, but still perfectly portioned.  It varied in color from charcoal gray to translucent amber.  At my mother's death in 1998 it went to my oldest sister in Florida.  I have no idea of its whereabouts now.

 

I believe Old Hickory's output was for British artillery shells.  I don't know if any was produced for small arms ammunition, but the British used Cordite for awhile after that War.

 

My uncle was Maynard Wright and was on the editorial staff of the Nashville Banner then moved to Charleston, WV as an editor for the Charleston Gazette.

 

Bob Wright

Edited by Bob Wright
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I saw a photo of the Old Hickory Powder Plant in a Cracker Barrel restaurant here in Memphis.  My uncle worked there just before he joined the US Army.  At the time he worked there it was operated by DuPont and they were producing Cordite for the British.  Cordite was a soft pliable stuff that was extruded.  Before it solidified it could be molded like clay.
 
My uncle made a shapely ladies' leg complete with a dainty high heeled shoe from Cordite and gave it to my mother, very racey at the time!  When I first saw the leg, about 1943 or so, it was maybe six inches from thigh (blush!) to heel.  The last time I saw it, 1985 or so, it had shrunk to about 3 1/2" long, but still perfectly portioned.  It varied in color from charcoal gray to translucent amber.  At my mother's death in 1998 it went to my oldest sister in Florida.  I have no idea of its whereabouts now.
 
I believe Old Hickory's output was for British artillery shells.  I don't know if any was produced for small arms ammunition, but the British used Cordite for awhile after that War.
 
My uncle was Maynard Wright and was on the editorial staff of the Nashville Banner then moved to Charleston, WV as an editor for the Charleston Gazette.
 
Bob Wright
Where I worked in the 80's did groundwater monitoring for DuPont. Part of it included wells around the site of the powder plant. I was told it was demolished as part of the WWI armistice.

Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep the plant is being demolished even now as Dupont left there years ago. Last they were making was thread.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By JimFromTN
      I recently bought some primed 35 whelen brass from A&H Reloading in Nashville out of the bins of brass.  Does anyone know what kind of primers are used in the primed hornady brass?  Also, do they need to be resized?
    • By maroonandwhite
      I plan to use my Marlin 336 this year for whitetail.  My shots won’t be over 50 yards max. Having never hunted with a 30-30 what ammo have you had the best luck with?
    • By ChanceMcCall
      Reading elsewhere I saw a statement that Tennessee has a special tax on ammo. Since we will soon be moving to Tennessee, should I be bringing a truckload of ammo with me?

Footer title

This content can be configured within your theme settings in your ACP. You can add any HTML including images, paragraphs and lists.

Footer title

This is an example of a list.

Footer title

This content can be configured within your theme settings in your ACP. You can add any HTML including images, paragraphs and lists.

Footer title

This content can be configured within your theme settings in your ACP. You can add any HTML including images, paragraphs and lists.

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to the following.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Guidelines