Tag Archives: South Georgia Dirt Roads

Hamp Mizell Road, Ware County

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Bass Road, Hartsfield

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Henry Walcott Road, Long County

South Georgia Snowstorm, 2018

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Gopher Tortoise, Ben Hill County

ben hill county ga gopherus polyphemus gopher tortoise photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that this species is threatened because I see them quite often in my rambles on dirt roads throughout South Georgia, but it faces numerous challenges. Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) are emblematic of the upland pine habitat that once blanketed the Southeast but are now greatly reduced due to changes in land usage and myriad environmental factors. The Gopher Tortoise Council is a wonderful place to find information of these beloved symbols of our Southern forests.

ben hill county ga endangered gopher tortoise photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

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Pinkston Road, Terrell County

Pinkston Road Parrott GA Terrell County Red Dirt Winter Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The further you go into Southwest Georgia, the redder the clay gets. This is a beautiful country drive right outside Parrott.

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Suomi Road, Dodge County

Suomi Road Dodge County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Were it not for the name Suomi Road, there would be no hint that such a strange-named (for rural South Georgia) place ever existed. The origins of the name are lost to history, but John Goff (Placenames of Georgia, UGA Press, Athens, 2007) proposed that it was likely settled in the 1870s or 1880s when the lumber industry and the Dodge Land Wars were in full swing. It’s located very close to Normandale, a historical community that was the epicenter of the Dodge Lumber operations. Goff guesses that another mill may have been located here and that a railroad siding or station was probably given the name Suomi (in honor of the Finnish word for Finland) by Finnish lumbermen who may have been working in the area. They were most certainly transient workers as Goff posited no evidence of Finnish surnames in the area. The area has a Chauncey address today.

Jerry Jarrard writes: Suomi was a rail stop in Dodge Co. Ga. I remember when Grandpa took down the Suomi sign and put it in the barn. He owned what had been a hotel for the Finnish lumbermen. It sat behind the rail stop. It has since burned. In those days there was a country store beside the Suomi sight. it may have been named Weeks store. A weeks family lived two houses to the right of the old hotel The platform for the rail stop was a concrete pad, which is probably still there.

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Whitley Cemetery Road, Irwin County

Dirt Road Canopy Sunset Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Places like this are one of the greatest things about life in the rural South.

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Dirt Road, Tattnall County

Tattnall County GA Dirt Road Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

In my opinion, there’s no better way of experiencing rural South Georgia’s beautiful countryside than a ramble on a dirt road.

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Early Postcard Views of Tifton

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Love Avenue Methodist Church Dirt Streets Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Love Avenue and Methodist Church, Circa 1907

I’ve been collecting antique postcards of South Georgia towns since I was in college, beginning in 1988. I recently inherited a large collection and like to share them from time to time. Most of these were not used, but they date from 1905-1915.

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Class of Stump Pullers ABAC 2nd District Ag School Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Class of Stump Pullers, Second Congressional District Agricultural School (Known as ABAC today)

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Myon Hotel Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Hotel Myon, Circa 1912

Tifton GA Early View of Downtown Business Section Antique Postcard Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Business Section

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Early Automobile Dirt Road Pine Trees Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing SOuth Georgia USA 2014

Through the Pines, Near Tifton

TIfton GA Antique Postcard E L Vickers House Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

E. L. Vickers Residence

As it looks today.

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Copperhead Road at Nightfall, Wilcox County

Night on a Dirt Road Wilcox County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20134

Dirt roads have been particularly wet and muddy this winter, as the rainy trend which began last summer has continued. Blue skies and clear days have been a rare commodity, as well, so I thought I’d show you what our beautiful landscape looks like just after sunset.

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