Leary, Circa 1950, Photographer Unknown. Courtesy John McKinney
Leary is one of my favorite little towns to explore in Southwest Georgia and in the past decade I’ve seen most of these structures vanish from Main Street. John McKinney shared this photo, circa 1950, to help put things into perspective. The Boyd monument, which is now in a green space at the end of the street, is seen here in its original location.
Ocmulgee Street was once Broxton’s main commercial area. The Western Auto store was located in the second building from left (above).
South Liberty Street is still the main commercial area of Nicholls, but many of the old landmarks have disappeared or been abandoned in the past decade.
Donalsonville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Hancock Street is the historic commercial center of Fort Gaines.
Fort Gaines Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Hartford Street [The building on the right is the Hammack-Rish Bank, built in 1902].
Though it’s quite small, Edison has retained much of its early-20th-century commercial architecture.
Edison Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Baconton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places