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Old Water Tower, 1923, Gordon

 

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Filed under --WILKINSON COUNTY GA--, Gordon GA

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. Though I’m personally opposed to the damming of wild rivers, 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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Filed under --BAKER COUNTY GA--, Hoggard Mill GA

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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Filed under --WAYNE COUNTY GA--, Jesup GA

Vertical-Lift Bridge, 1969, Omaha

Vertical Lift Bridge Seaboard Coast Line Railroad RR Abandoned Chattahoochee River Omaha GA Alabama Line Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Built by Seaboard Air Line, this bridge has been abandoned for years. It’s located between Omaha, Georgia, and Cottonton, Alabama, and is visible from the Georgia Highway 39 Spur. Jackie Purdy writes that there is another vertical-lift bridge operated by CSX on the Savannah River.

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Filed under --STEWART COUNTY GA--, Omaha GA

Black Creek, Bryan County

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Black Creek, the church’s namesake, is swollen way beyond its normal course after heavy rains in spring and early summer. Here, the U. S. Highway 280 bridge passes over, just down from the church.

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