Post Office, Denton

denton ga u s post office photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Patricia Smith Wright Hand writes: The Denton Post Office was owned by Dewey and Helen Wilcox Johnson. Mrs. Johnson was the postmistress at the Denton Post Office for 47 years before her retirement. Jesse Bookhardt added: Denton is a nice little place today. Though charming, It is not much more than a crossroad with a convenience store, a used car lot, post office, and some private housing. It once was a thriving place with a couple of doctors, a drug store, several merchandising businesses, and a grain mill. My Mother’s folks, the Joe and Sarah M. Walker family, took their corn there to be ground into grits and meal. They also shipped fresh milk and cream on the old G&F Railroad. The depot was located next to the U. S. Post Office. The Georgia and Florida Railroad ran from Augusta through Hazlehurst, Denton, Douglas to Madison, Florida.

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  1. Patricia Smith Wright Hand

    The Denton Post Office was owned by Dewey and Helen Wilcox Johnson. She was the postmistress at the Denton Post Office for 47 years before her retirement.

  2. Jesse M. Bookhardt

    Brian,
    Denton Georgia is a nice little place today. Though charming, It is not much more than a crossroad with a convenience store, a used car lot, post office, and some private housing. It once was a thriving place with a couple of doctors, a drug store, several merchandising businesses, and a grain mill. My Mother’s folks, the Joe and Sarah M. Walker family, took their corn there to be ground into grits and meal. They also shipped fresh milk and cream on the old G&F Railroad. The depot was located next to the U. S. Post Office. The Georgia and Florida Railroad ran from Augusta through Hazlehurst, Denton, Douglas to Madison, Florida.
    When the Walkers moved to Denton in Jeff Davis County from Alston in Montgomery County in 1917, the railroad offered a major advantage to those farmers who lived in the Denton and Snipesville area. Though it served many in South Georgia, the line always struggled financially. By 1983 when it abandoned its operation between Hazlehurst and Douglas, it had quit about all of its rails. Today only the rail beds and drainage systems reveal the location of this old RxR line in most of its former service areas. The beautiful old iron bridge across the Altamaha between Hazlehurst and Uvalda still stands as a relic of that era of South Georgia Railroads.
    Brian, it would be worth your time to develop a special photo chapter to “Vanishing South Georgia” on historic Railroads of South Georgia.

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