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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday: D is for Durham


D is for Durham, NC, U.S. and also for Durham in England. As you can see below Durham , NC, U.S. is 4119 miles away from Durham, England.
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The Durham Bulls is a baseball club in Durham NC which was first formed in 1902. Downtown Durham is filled with Bulls in their honor (hopefully not too much bull ---- is spilling out onto the streets).
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The movie Bull Durham was filmed in part in Durham and the game scenes were shot in the old Durham Athletic Park.
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The original Durham Athletic Park burned to the ground in 1939 and was rebuilt.
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The old DAP is the one I'm using for this post although the Durham Bulls have a new DAP which was completed in 1995 and was expanded to 10,000 seat capacity in 1998.
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I think the old Durham ballpark has more romance to it although the new stadium allows for more spectators.
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The Durham Bulls bike racks scattered around downtown Durham, as well as the baseball inspired art, are fun.
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A Durham Bulls baseball obsession is certainly better than the days when big tobacco dominated.
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In the late 1980s American Tobacco left Durham and by 2004 the Historic American Tobacco District included mixed shops, businesses, restaurants, Durham Bulls Baseball, music on the lawn, Durham Performing Arts Center, and WUNC Radio Station. The area continues to undergo renovation and will include residential units.
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By the way, if anyone is interested in shots from
Durham's Historic American Tobacco District, I did a post about that on my other blog a few years ago and you can click here for that one. To visit other posts about the letter D, please visit the home of ABC Wednesday.

33 comments:

Mojo said...

You could do an entire feature on the old Durham Athletic Park. The DAP (as opposed to the newer Durham Bulls Athletic Park, or "Dee-BAP" as it's commonly known) also got some major upgrades courtesy of the movie studio that made Bull Durham. Including the eye-flashing smoke-snorting bull over the right center field fence featured in the movie. Having spent several summer evenings in the DAP before the movie, I can tell ya the facelift was significant.

But you're right... the new place... just not the same.

Parking's a lot easier though.

That's something.

Daryl said...

LOVE these especially the signpost which made me think of M*A*S*H ... and your new header is perfect for summer

Reader Wil said...

It is so interesting to see all sorts of places all over the world! Thank you for showing this. I love the bike racks!

Hood Photo Blog said...

Great variety of photos to show the Durham area! Those bike racks are so cute!

Have a great week!

Hood Photo Blog

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific post not only for the D Day, but for Durham! Love your photos as always and like Daryl, the signpost made me think of M*A*SH*, too. Hope you're enjoy a lovely week, Carver!

Sylvia

Leo said...

i like this.. esp the caution sign and the wall painting! :)

photowannabe said...

Love the Durham Bull bike racks. Very clever theme.
Nice post with lots of information and great photos.

Rambling Woods said...

Yes..the sign post reminded me of 'Mash' too...we just tore down our old historic stadium and the newer one has been used for a while..but I have lots of memories from the old one..

Roger Owen Green said...

Only been to Durham,, NC once, and I'd love top see the Bulls. LOVE that movie.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

MorningAJ said...

I've been to the UK Durham. It's nothing like that!
Interesting photos.

Joy said...

Great bull themed items, I'd love to park my bike in that rack.
There seems a rush to build new sports grounds but they never have the atmosphere of the old ones. Maybe they need to soak up lots of hope, happiness and despair before they recreate the past.

Naquillity said...

loved the movie Bull Durham. how exciting to see where it was filmed. those bike racks are awesome and the artwork on the buildings, great. thanks for sharing all this with us. have a great day.

Leslie: said...

You can sure tell the town loves its Bulls! Gorgeous photos and I just have to say I love those bike racks and the graffiti art.

Linda said...

I'm always fascinated with the baseball teams and stadiums around the United States that aren't "big league" teams. The seats are closer to the field. The stadium is family friendly and the prices are right.

Thanks for this tour.

Linda

Hildred and Charles said...

Wonderful D post - I learned all sorts of things I didn't know before.
Really colourful and attractive, and I too love the bike racks.

Mara said...

Good thing it's not real life bulls roaming through Durham city center!

Amy said...

Though I've never been to Durham NC, I certainly wouldn't mind a visit there now after your photographic tour. I agree that baseball is much more attractive than tobacco, though in a historical context, tobacco and the culture around the growing of it is quite interesting. Thanks for such an informative and visually appealing post!

Siromade said...

What a wonderful place, it's like I've been on a tour now, seeing all the love places and beautiful sceneries of your photos. Interesting entry for D day..

Gunsside said...

Looks like a nice place, interesting post with lovely photos ;)

Vernz said...

I'm so glad I've blogged got to see lots of places even just in photos .. thanks for sharing..

My ABC Wed here

Julie said...

Now you have a 'thing' for small towns that ooze community! I like the sound and the feel of Durham NC. And I like your photos. Not sure I would want to see bull heads everywhere but sure beats the other end of a bull.

Tumblewords: said...

The artwork is super - I'm with you - the Bulls are better than the smokingbutts. Excellent photos and info! Thanks!

Wanda said...

I have seen this much "bull" in a long time. How delightful...love all the artwork.

Tes said...

Oh wow, thank you for that tour of Durham! You took great photos, so clear and vivid! :)

mrsnesbitt said...

Durham UK is not far from where we live. I love to spot the Cathedral spire as we pass by on the motorway usually heading for Newcastle. I attended college there so I have naby student memories too. Now I know there is another Durham - we learn so much each Wednesday don't we?

Denise
ABC Team

Ann said...

Can you put a sign NEW ZEALAND? LOL

caite said...

love the bike racks!

Manang Kim said...

I like the sign and also the different cow colors ^_^ Happy Wednesday!

ABC Wednesday~D

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Martha said...

Love the bike racks. Art with function is always a plus.

Durham is also the last name of a good friend.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Carver-- This was your week and you didn't disappoint. Durham, Durham, Durham. Thanks for going all out because I don't really know Durham that well!!!!!

Ayie said...

those are friendly looking bull plates =)

Self Sagacity said...

Wonderful compilation of the D word. Congrats on being featured this week. I found you on ABC Wednesday.

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