Sunday, March 26, 2006

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City Photo - Calhoon


Photographed - 3/06

This is a continuation of interesting places to visit near Atlanta. Today we're in Calhoun, Georgia. Calhoun is a little less than an hour north of Atlanta on I-75 north. I must admit I knew very little about this town but found several interesting spots here. This arch is a marker showing Calhoun as a gateway to the western territories in the early 1800's. There are many stone structures here as the quarry is near by.

Trail of Tears Monument

Photographed - 3/06

This is a memorial marking "The Trail of Tears" . This was the forcible relocation of men, women and children of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in the late 1830's. It's estimated that 2,000 died in the forced march west. It's a very sad chapter in American history This "relocation" was spurred on by the immigration of Europeans into the area. The discovery of gold in 1830 brought an influx of the "white man" into the Cherokee's territory.
First Confederate Civil way cemetery

Photographed - 3/06

Driving thru town, we saw a small marker about a Confederate cemetery. This is what we found. It's the first Confederate Civil War cemetery established in Georgia by the daughters of the Confederacy. It's quietly tucked off the main roadway on a small side road. The grounds seemed well kept and there are quite a few veterans resting here.
The Confederate Battle Flag

Photographed - 3/06

This is one of the few places you'll see the Confederate flag flown in Georgia. In fact, with all the "political correctness" trend I'm surprised to see it at all. At least here they haven't bought into all that foolishness when it comes to matters as solemn as this.

Confederate Unkown Soldier Memorial

Photographed - 3/06

This cross serves as a memorial to the Confederate Unknown Soldiers killed during the war. This area of Georgia lost many fathers and sons in this bloody conflict between the states.

cemetery in B&W

Photographed - 3/06

I thought a black and white photograph of this quiet, somber place seemed a little more fitting.


At 11:31 AM, Blogger chris.h. said...

fascinating and very enjoyable photos.I thought the Confederate flag was banned in Georgia?

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Ggraph said...

The Georgia State flag until about 4 years ago had the Confederate battle flag incorporated into it's design. but there was such an uproar over it by the NAACP and the political revisionist that the governor push a bill creating a new state flag.
The symbol and references to "Confederate" are banned in schools and state buildings. Most local governents in the Atlanta area have also passed bans. It's like they think if they don't see it, it never happened! lol I guess you can change histoty after all.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Me said...

Really interesting blog post today. The trail of tears monument is very sobering.
Thanks for reminding me of such an important account of the history of the US.We can't even say it happened thousands of years ago. Developed nations though we are supposed to be living in....I often wonder.

At 8:43 PM, Blogger wendela said...

Thanks for sharing. And you're right. The b/w image was very fitting.


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