Early Postcard Views of Tifton

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Love Avenue Methodist Church Dirt Streets Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Love Avenue and Methodist Church, Circa 1907

I’ve been collecting antique postcards of South Georgia towns since I was in college, beginning in 1988. I recently inherited a large collection and like to share them from time to time. Most of these were not used, but they date from 1905-1915.

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Class of Stump Pullers ABAC 2nd District Ag School Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Class of Stump Pullers, Second Congressional District Agricultural School (Known as ABAC today)

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Myon Hotel Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Hotel Myon, Circa 1912

Tifton GA Early View of Downtown Business Section Antique Postcard Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Business Section

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Early Automobile Dirt Road Pine Trees Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing SOuth Georgia USA 2014

Through the Pines, Near Tifton

TIfton GA Antique Postcard E L Vickers House Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

E. L. Vickers Residence

As it looks today…

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Swallow-tailed Kites, Long County

Swallow tailed Kite in flight Long County Ga nesting grounds photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2014

One of the most beautiful raptors in North America, Swall0w-tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus) are a South American species which breeds in scattered locations around the South in spring. By late August they begin their long migration to South America and it’s during this time that large numbers of them, along with Mississippi Kites (Ictinia mississippiensis), can be observed in large numbers in Long County. Bird watchers descend at a remote farm near the Altamaha River in growing numbers each year to see this phenomenon.

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Roberta, Georgia

Roberta GA Crawford County Wright Avenue Early 20th Century Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Wright Avenue

Downtown Roberta GA Crawford County Agency Street Storefronts Hardware Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Agency Street

Roberta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

http://www.crawfordcountyhistoricalsociety.org/Pages/History.html

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Southern Railway Caboose, Roberta

Southern Railway Caboose Roberta GA Crawford County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A marker at the caboose is dedicated to the memory of Clarence Moseley “Ribs” Peel (8 November 1897-8 October 1955) and his wife Jessie Blackwell Peel (5 May 1907-18 October 2001).  Mr. Peel, who was a trainman with the Southern Railway for 38  years, died in a railroad accident near Hazlehurst. After receiving information (which later proved to be incorrect) that another train was fast approaching his, he made the supreme sacrifice of staying with his train so that his co-workers could disembark and be safe. Mrs. Peel considered this spot hallowed ground as her husband spent so much of his career here. The moving memorial was placed by their children, Bettie Jane Rigdon, Claudine Peel, Juanita Goodson, Carlise Moncrief, and Claire Mattox, in 2010.

Roberta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old Musella Methodist Church, Roberta

Old Church Lindsey Building Civic Center Roberta GA Crawford County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Presently known as the Lindsey Building and is used as the Roberta-Crawford Civic Center, this building was originally located in Musella and served as the Methodist church there. Thanks to Beth Paul and Frank Spearman for the identification. Mr. Spearman writes that Reverend Jim Hamlin notes it was “de-commissioned years ago. Maurice Lindsey’s family were the last surviving members. Maurice, a rural mail carrier, died years ago and his wife, Betty, died about three weeks ago.”

Roberta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Benjamin Hawkins Monument, 1931, Roberta

Colonel Benjamin Hawkins Memorial Roberta GA Crawfordville Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Roberta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

The text on the monument gives a good overview of Colonel Hawkins’ life. I think it’s a shame he’s not better known today.

Erected in 1931 by the United States government to commemorate the life and public service of Colonel Benjamin Hawkins, who was born in Warren County, N. C.  August 15, 1754 and died at the Creek Indian Agency on the Flint River, June 6, 1816.

He was a student at Princeton and shortly after the beginning of the Revolution became a member of General Washington’s staff with the rank of Colonel, serving with distinction throughout the war. He was one of the first senators from North Carolina and was conspicuous for his interest in Indian affairs.

Colonel Hawkins was asked by General Washington to assume jurisdiction over all the Indian tribes south of the Ohio River. At the height of his career he came to Georgia and established his home among the Creek Indians on the banks of the Flint River in Crawford County.

He built the fort which was named in his honor on the Ocmulgee River at Macon and lived there while the fort was being erected, but his permanent home was at the Creek Agency. His body lies on a bluff overlooking the Flint River where he lived among the savage tribes for 16 years, a man of letters, a mediator of peace and faithful unto death.

Colonel Benjamin Hawkins as Senator in North Carolina Public Domain Image Used on Vanishing South Georgia 2014

Colonel Benjamin Hawkins – Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

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C. F. Hays & Son General Store, Musella

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Working Gas Pumps Authentic Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I first photographed this store in February 2010 and am just as fascinated by it today as I was then. It’s been in business since 1900 and the grandson of the original owner is still operating it today. He has a real passion for the family business and its place in the history of the peach packing town of Musella.

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark  Opened in 1900 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

So many times I see modern “country stores” that aren’t worth their salt, but this one is authentic, as the photos below illustrate. Mr. Hays, who has another job besides this one, painstakingly stocks the store with staples and various sundries and country store memorabilia authentic to the store’s history. Some would call it a hobby but I see it as an important link to the past.

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Coca Cola Mural Antique Signs Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s a miracle places like this still exist. Please take the time to stop by if you find yourself anywhere near Musella. Buy an ice cold Nu-Grape or Coca-Cola in a bottle, or have some ice cream from the chest freezer.

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