Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge and more (a photoblog)

Sharing a few more pictures from our southwest Georgia trip … the next couple of pics are of the Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge outside Blakely, Ga.  It’s only one of about a dozen remaining covered bridges in the state of Georgia and the claim to fame for this particular “kissing” bridge is that it is not only the southernmost covered bridge in Georgia but also in the United States.

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You may be wondering ‘Why make covered bridges?’  The reasons I have seen are …

  • They provided temporary shelter from the sun and storms
  • The covering protected the wooden bridge itself
  • It kept the horses from getting skittish as they crossed the bridge … sometimes seeing the running water below makes them nervous

The four biggest threats to covered bridges (and many a mill as well) in Georgia:

  • Flood
  • Fire
  • Vandals
  • Sherman’s March to the Sea

As we later drove into the town of Blakely and around the typical courthouse square in small Georgia towns, we encountered this mural …

DSC01223Murals on old building walls in small town Georgia has become very popular.  They are even used to draw tourist.  In Colquitt they have 13 murals city-wide and in the little town of Lakeland they claim to have 35 murals.  Even close to home, Jefferson has two murals; one commemorating the first administration of anesthesia by native son Crawford Long in 1842.

Blakely has an interesting claim to fame on its square …

DSC01224 They have the last standing Confederate flag pole erected during the Civil War … yes, I am a sucker for roadside attractions and oddities.  But imagine my surprise when I got home and found out I only took a picture of the marker … not the flag pole itself.

We had also planned to stop in Thomaston, Ga but time ran out.  On their square they have a Civil War monument with a cannonball as its focus … their claim … it was the first cannonball fired at Fort Sumter to start the Civil War.

Without a doubt my most unforgettable tourist trap stop ever was in Arkansas returning from Texas … we stopped at a roadside attraction called ‘Booger Hollow … population 7 including one coon dog’.  My kids don’t remember much about that trip … but they all remember Booger Hollow.

One more picture …

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We spend so much time being in a hurry to get to our destinations. We travel on interstates.  And even when we do travel back roads virtually every little town has a bypass (primarily so the trucks can avoid the square).  But this trip we didn’t do that … we traveled the back roads and went through the midst of every little town we encountered.  Above is the courthouse on the square in Blakely.

Some common yet very unique things we noticed as we traveled through the small towns of southwest Georgia…

  • Beautiful courthouses and courthouse squares
  • A few even had beautiful small town main streets (think It’s a Wonderful Life).
  • Railroads were critical to the existence of small towns
  • The courthouse square tended to be the center of government, community and commerce
  • Primary industries: farming, livestock, peanuts, pecans, peaches, lumber (On a more modern note … we passed the Blue Bird school bus factory in Fort Valley … acres and acres of yellow buses ready to be delivered to school districts)
  • A wide variety of churches … but they tended to be more off the squares and out in the communities/countrysides
  • Historic homes … some towns more so than others
  • And don’t forget cemeteries
  • Poverty is rampant … in many towns you get a good understanding of the saying ‘living on the wrong side of the tracks’
  • And finally … Dollar General is spreading far more faster than Wal-Mart

Beautiful, enjoyable, historical, educational … enjoyed this trip!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge and more (a photoblog)

  1. It’s so great to live in a state steeped in history!

    • bwebbjr says:

      Steeped in history … steeped in such a wide variety of natural beauty … and poised for the future. We are indeed blessed to call the state of Georgia our home.

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