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Alma Exchange Bank, 1966

alma ga exchange bank googie architecture photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Locals sometimes call this drive-thru branch of the Alma Exchange Bank the Jetsons Bank for its Space Age appearance. The architecture is actually a style, popular in the 1950s and 1960s, known as Googie. This bank had a twin in Sylvester that has since been demolished. Recently, there has been some concern that this facility could be demolished, but I can’t verify anything beyond rumor. It’s a real landmark that Alma should attempt to preserve. Photographers from all over the country have visited and photographed it.

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Mission Style Storefront, Alma

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Vernacular Office Building, Alma

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Barber Shop, Alma

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This is an excellent example of an old time barber shop. I got my first haircut in a place like this.

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Alma Depot, 1906

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Built for use by a branch of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Alma’s depot has played an integral role in the history of Bacon County.  A local credit union, which later became the Alma Exchange Bank, was founded here in 1930 and was housed in the depot until 1939. Though some restoration has been done, the building is not being utilized today, as far as I can tell. Read more here.

National Register of Historic Places

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Ideal Cleaners, Alma

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This is located next door to the Bacon Lodge.

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Silas Wheeler House, Bacon County

Pioneer Log House Bacon County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Stephen Dubberly shared this history of the house, via Richard Wheeler: The house is owned by Dr. Hank Wheeler; it was built by his grandfather, Silas Wheeler in the early 1900s.

Pioneer Log House Details Bacon County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Typical of pioneer log structures, the material is rough-hewn.

Pioneer Log House Interior Bacon County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Mud chinking served as the insulation, but over time, much of this has disintegrated.

Pioneer Log House Bacon County GA Joinery Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

As seen here, the structure is actually two smaller log buildings set together to make a larger whole.

Bacon County Pioneer Log Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

A nice old log barn survives (barely) on the property, as well.

Bacon County GA Log Barn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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