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Old Dixie Highway, Queensland

The Dixie Highway was conceived in 1915 by a group of governors and business leaders seeking to increase tourism in their states. As assembly lines made cars and trucks more affordable to the masses, improved roads were a necessity. Historically, Georgia’s were notoriously bad. As late as 1915, paved streets were rare in the state and no paved highways existed.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that this was the first viable ‘interstate’ highway in Georgia and local leaders lobbied aggressively to have the route come through their communities. Its presence in Ben Hill County was likely a result of the influence of local newspaperman Isidor Gelders. He was a member of the board of the Dixie Highway Association.

Scattered original sections like those pictured here still remain, but they’re increasingly rare.

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Salem Church Road, Ben Hill County

Salem Church Road Ben Hill County Country Road Late Summer Storm Clouds Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Hiltonia, Georgia

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Hiltonia is located on Georgia Highway 24, between Sylvania and Sardis.

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Echols County Welcome Sign

echols county line carrot sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Boundary signs like this one on Georgia Highway 135 greet visitors all around Echols County. They boast the little-known fact that Echols County is the Carrot Capital of the South. It’s also one of the most rural counties in the state, with no incorporated towns, including the county seat of Statenville.

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Cusseta, Georgia

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Georgia Woodpecker Trail Sign, Bristol

georgia highway 121 woodpecker trail sign bristol photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

The Woodpecker Trail is one of the oldest designated tourist routes in the United States. First known as the Woodpecker Route in the early 1920s, it ran from Augusta to Lake City and Jacksonville, Florida. Much of the original route is still intact. With the financial ravages of the Great Depression, the route fell into disrepair and its designation was abandoned. In 1947, a group of community leaders from stops along the old route met in Millen to re-establish it as the Woodpecker Trail. Permission to use Walter Lantz’s “Woody Woodpecker” character on new signage gave the project much publicity and an expanded route ran from Charlotte to St. Petersburg. It was promoted as the fastest route to the Gulf of Mexico, but with the rise of interstate highway travel in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it again fell out of favor with travelers. A new interest in backroads travel in the late 1990s breathed new life into the route once again, and new signage and advertising by the state of Georgia promoted the Woodpecker Trail and Georgia Highway 121. It might be a little out of the way, but it’s a great drive, passing through open country and small towns from Augusta to the Florida state line.

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