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Billy Carter’s Service Station, Plains

Billy Carter (1937-1988) bought this station from Mill Jennings in 1971 and owned it until 1981. During Jimmy Carter’s campaign for President in 1976, it became famous as the headquarters for the national media while they were in Plains. He reminisced of those days: There were 20,000 tourists a day pouring into Plains right after Jimmy’s election. Cars would be bumper-to-bumper for about 10 miles, from Americus to Plains. Highway 280 looked like a Los Angeles freeway. At the height of the station’s popularity 2,000 cases of beer and between 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of gas were sold every month.

Billy was a character and often got as much press coverage as his brother. He was perhaps best known, though, for his infamous Billy Beer. His endorsement didn’t go far to save the brew, which many said was the worst they’d ever tasted. Cans of Billy Beer can be seen in the service station, which is now a free museum. A pair of Hee-Haw overalls Billy wore are also in the collection, as well as numerous magazine covers and press clippings.

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Jimmy Carter for Cancer Survivor

Jimmy Carter for Cancer Survivor Sign at Plains Depot Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Upon learning of Jimmy Carter’s cancer diagnosis, the tight-knit community of Plains recently started a campaign that has nothing to do with politics. Signs like this wishing Mr. Jimmy, as he’s known locally, have literally blanketed the town. My parents asked me to buy them a sign if I found myself in Plains, so I stopped by the Plains Trading Post the other day and had a nice talk with Ramona Kurland who said that they were all sold out, but that more would soon be available. I felt this sign had special resonance, since it’s located at the historic Plains Depot.

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Jimmy Carter Teaching Sunday School, Plains

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Former President Jimmy Carter, who retains strong ties to his small hometown of Plains, teaches Sunday School several months during the year at Maranatha Baptist Church. The public is welcome to attend and people visit from all over the world. President Carter was very gracious and taught a wonderful lesson about powerful women of the Bible. It was an honor to be able to attend and to photograph the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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In addition to his many talents, President Carter is also an accomplished woodworker. The cross seen below was made by Mr. Carter.

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Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter posing for photos after church.

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Jimmy Carter Peanut, 1976, Plains

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The most-photographed roadside symbol in Plains, this peanut was made for a rally in Evanston, Indiana in 1976 by James Kiely, Doyle Kifer, and Loretta Townsend.  After spending years beside the depot, it was later moved to the Davis E-Z Mart on Highway 45.

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Carter’s Warehouse Storefont, Plains

 

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Plains Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Plains Pharmacy

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Plains Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Rosalynn Carter Childhood Home, Plains

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Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was born in Plains on 18 August 1927 and grew up in this simple Folk Victorian house. Her parents were Edgar and Allie Smith. After graduation from Plains High School in 1944 and Georgia Southwestern College in 1946, she married Jimmy Carter on 7 July 1946. She served as First Lady of Georgia from 1971-1975 and First Lady of the United States from 1977-1981.

Rodney David Porter writes: I was Miss Allie’s pastor and had the high honor of doing her funeral. Such a sweet and endearing woman of God. Loved visiting in this home

Plains Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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