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The Anchored Flint, Circa 1978, Lake Blackshear

If you’ve ever driven between Cordele and Americus via Lake Blackshear you’ve probably noticed this eclectic structure, built to look like an old river boat. It was a popular restaurant/nightclub known as the Anchored Flint and is still in use today as a banquet facility at Lakeshore Marine on the Sumter County side of the lake. The “flint” in Anchored Flint refers to the Flint River, from which Lake Blackshear was created. Thanks to Lydia Cook for the identification.

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Ferguson Store Sign, DeSoto

The Ferguson Store was located on the ground level of the DeSoto Masonic lodge. It was most recently known as Disco D’s Warehouse, which I assume was a nightclub.

 

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Juke Joint, Calhoun County

Calhoun County GA Purple Shed Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanihsing South Georgia USA 2016

I first though this was a juke joint, considering its small size and location just outside the city limits of Morgan. Shawn Weathersby wrote that it might be associated with the Milner Grist Mill but Toni Milner writes: It is an old beer joint. My grandfather Sonny “Plunk” Milner sold beer out of it back in the day. The Grist Mill is housed in the building to the left of this building.

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Beeline Springs, Kite

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Pool Overgrown Ruins Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Approaching Kite from the east on Highway 57, you cross the Little Ohoopee River. The remains of a very large swimming pool stand between the river and the buildings discussed later in this post. Martha Claxton Hill writes: The swimming pool was called “Beeline Springs”. Earnest Claxton owned all of the land around the pool. It was a special place in its day. In a time when private pools were a domain of the wealthy, public pools such as this were among the most popular recreation spots of their day.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Pool Ruins Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Ernest Claxton’s daughter, Lynn Paul Neal penned the following remembrance in Emanuel County’s 2013 Bicentennial Celebration Book. Thanks to Mary Ann Smith for bringing it to my attention and procuring permission from Mrs. Neal to share it here.

Remember Bee Line Springs?
Earnest Claxton built the Bee Line Springs Swimming Pool and Recreation Park just outside of Kite on the Ohoopee River. It had a skating and dancing pavilion that was also used for reunions and family get-togethers.
Three artesian wells supplied icy cold water for the swimming pool. One side of the pool had dressing rooms and there were cabins that were rented on the property.
Several nationally known bands of the late 1920s and 1930s played there. Ernest would find a band enroute from Miami to New York City or vice-versa and book them to stop on their way to play for a one-night dance. These occasions drew tremendous crowds.
You can still see the old swimming pool outline thru the trees on the south side of Hwy 57 near the ‘Hoopee River.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Site Johnson County Granitoid Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Many public pools featured skating rinks, bowling alleys and/or restaurant, but this structure is too small to have been either of those. And Martha Claxton Hill notes that it was not here when the pool was open. Grady C. Riner writes: That block building was built years after the pool was grown over and broken. It was built as a juke joint ( in todays words a bar) It had the juke box for music and dancing. After it was closed as a juke joint it was used as a house. My aunt lived in it for years with her two young boys.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Site Granitoid Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

A shed-sized structure is located just to the left of the larger building.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Site Outbuilding Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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Piney Pig Juke Joint, Long County

Piney Pig Juke Joint Long County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I’ve passed this abandoned building on US Highway 301 countless times and always wondered about its identity. Margie DeLoach Love, who is Long County and Ludowici’s unofficial historian, writes: this was Rudolph and Hildreth Todd’s Piney Pig Juke Joint. He also sold hamburgers and barbeque sandwiches. I recall eating a hamburger in there when I was a teenager.

Piney Pig Juke Joint Highway 301 Long County GA Abandoned Roadside Americana Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Boone’s Saloon, Jacksonville

Boone's Saloon Sign Jacksonville GA Telair County Local Landmark Watering Hole Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Boone’s is a legendary local watering hole near the Ocmulgee River at Jacksonville. In its heyday, in an earlier incarnation, it was probably the most popular honky tonk/bar in South Georgia history. It had a raucous reputation that can’t be ignored, but love it or hate it, it’s still a landmark. I think a newer incarnation may be operating today.

Boone's Saloon Sign Jacksonville GA Telair County Local Landmark Watering Hole New Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Oglethorpe Lounge, 1954, Albany

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According to their Facebook page, the Oglethorpe Lounge has been open since 1954. In an era when most dive bars are closing, the Oglethorpe is alive and well. Their Carling Black Label sign is a landmark in its own right.

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