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Juke Joint, Calhoun County

Calhoun County GA Purple Shed Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanihsing South Georgia USA 2016

I first though this was a juke joint, considering its small size and location just outside the city limits of Morgan. Shawn Weathersby wrote that it might be associated with the Milner Grist Mill but Toni Milner writes: It is an old beer joint. My grandfather Sonny “Plunk” Milner sold beer out of it back in the day. The Grist Mill is housed in the building to the left of this building.

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Ichawaynochaway Creek at Morgan

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Morgan Calhoun County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Perhaps due to to its lyrical name, the Ichawaynochaway is one of the best known waterways of Southwest Georgia. (Locals often shorten the name to Nochaway). But it’s also one of the longest “creeks” in the state, cutting its way through nearly 84 miles of red Georgia clay. It rises near Weston, in Webster County and flows through Stewart, Randolph, Terrell, and Calhoun counties before joining the Flint River in Baker County. Perhaps dry runs in the summer months are the reason it isn’t called a river, but when viewed at high water in wet seasons it’s as much a river as any other in the region.

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Morgan GA Calhoun County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

There’s debate as to the origin of the name, but it’s a Muskogee word. Some suggest it refers to either beaver or deer but the more popular theory asserts that it means “the place where  deer sleep”. The latter seems likely, considering it runs adjacent to some of the best hunting lands in Georgia.

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Calhoun County Courthouse, 1930, Morgan

Calhoun County Courthouse Morgan GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Morgan came into being as a compromise. Soon after Calhoun County’s creation in 1854, a debate arose as to whether the town of Whitney or Concord would become the county seat. The compromise was to lay out a town between the two for the purpose of conducting the business of the courts. There’s also a debate as to the origin of the name. Some contend it honors Hiram Morgan, one of the first commissioners; while others feel it was Revolutionary War general Daniel Morgan. It was incorporated in 1856. An attempt to move the county seat from Morgan to Arlington passed a public vote in 1923 and Arlington served that capacity until 1929, when another vote removed the seat to Morgan, at which time plans to build this courthouse were made.

Calhoun County Courthouse Morgan GA Colonial Revival Photogrpah Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The present Calhoun County courthouse was designed in the Colonial Revival style by T. F. Lockwood, Jr., son of one of the busiest architects in Georgia in the early 20th century and an accomplished architect himself. He designed several courthouses, numerous churches and landmark private residences still standing today.

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Courthouse Square Storefronts, Morgan

Morgan GA Calhoun County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016School Street

Two streets around the courthouse retain early commercial architecture.

Courthouse Square Storefronts Morgan GA Calhoun County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016Dickey Street

 

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Lion’s Den Restaurant, Morgan

Morgan GA Lions Den Restaurant Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I don’t think this is still open, but I liked the colors and the sign.

Morgan GA Calhoun County Lions Den Restaurant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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Old Methodist Church, Morgan

Morgan GA Calhoun County Old Methodist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

My assumption that this was the old Methodist Church is due to the fact that it’s presently Iglesia Metodista El Buen Samaritano. I’m glad to see this continued use of the church. I hope its architectural integrity is preserved.

Morgan GA Old Methodist Church Steeple Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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Hip Roof House, Morgan

Morgan GA Hip Roof House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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