Tag Archives: Georgia Engineering

Logging Tram, Long County

I photographed this logging tram in 2011 near the Long/McIntosh County line and am not sure if it is still intact. Floods over the past decade have been common in the area. I’m not precisely sure how they utilized it , but there were numerous versions of these in the Southern swamps at the turn of the last century, when the timber industry was dominant and most of the old growth forests were being decimated. This one may date to the 1920s or 1930s, but could be earlier. Discussions with a friend with knowledge of the area suggest there are several other surviving remnants of old logging roads/railroads in the area and I plan to try to document some of them in the future.

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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Overpass, 1938, Byromville

This steel stringer overpass has become a landmark because it retains the original Atlantic Coast Line signage. The line is presently owned by CSX.

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Filed under --DOOLY COUNTY GA--, Byromville GA

Water Tower, Pinehurst

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Southern Railway Swing Bridge, Lumber City

Here’s a different view of one of my favorite places. Most folks just call it the Lumber City bridge, or the Lumber City trestle, but it’s an amazing survivor and no doubt a landmark for many travelers. It’s still in use.

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Construction of New US 280 Bridge, Lake Blackshear

A new bridge to complement the existing bridge on US Highway 280 over Lake Blackshear is presently under construction by the Scott Bridge Company of Opelika, Alabama. It’s slated for completion in 2019.

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Filed under --CRISP COUNTY GA--, --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Lake Blackshear GA

Old Water Tower, 1923, Gordon

 

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Abandoned Wooden Bridge, Screven County

Old Ogeechee Road Screven County GA Abandoned Wooden Bridge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Near the ghost town of Ogeechee on the Ogeechee River this wooden bridge still stands alongside a newer bridge, built in 1970. I imagine it was a scary trip on the Old Ogeechee Road back in the day, especially during flood stage.

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Lake Blackshear Dam, 1930, Warwick

Lake Blackshear Warwick Crisp Power Dam Flint River Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Also known as the Warwick Dam, the larger complex known as Plant Crisp was devised in 1925 as a way for Crisp County to generate its own electrical power. It’s unique in that it was the first county-owned, -constructed and -operated power dam in the United States. The reservoir it created became known as Lake Blackshear in honor of David Blackshear, the commander of nearby Fort Early. I’m amazed by the fact that Crisp County had the foresight to be power independent long before most communities had any such ideas. It has also served the area well as a recreation hub for the better part of a century.

Historic Lake Blackshear Warwick Crisp Power Dam Flint River Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Old Hoggard Mill Bridge, Baker County

Ichuaway Plantation Bridge Baker County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I can’t locate anything about the history of this bridge, but it  provides one of the most scenic views in all of South Georgia. Kyle West writes: I worked out there for about 8 years. In fact, I installed the lights on the bridge  for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay. The story of the bridge as was told to me was that it was the original Highway 91 bridge and when the state moved the highway to the present location they were going to demo and Mr. Woodruff bought it from the state to keep them from doing away with it.

Ichuaway Plantation Bridge Wood and Iron Truss Baker County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The girder style construction is a bit complex for a dirt road and the view as you near the end of the bridge is of the iconic Ichauway Store.

Ichauway Store Woodruff Plantation Baker County GA Iconic Landmark View From Bridge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Water Tower, 1912, Jesup

Jesup GA Wayne County Old Cylindrical Masonry Water Tower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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