This area has had humans living in it for centuries, but my neighborhood has not. My house was built 35 years ago, before this only cows and wildlife lived in the area. But we can see traces of things that once were here and now are gone.
The train once ran on this side of the creek. It was moved to the other side of the stream when they put in the freeway (motorway). They made these railroad culverts to last, and they have.
Barbed wire kept cattle off the tracks.
US Highway 85 ran along beside the tracks. This bridge was built for the highway. This bridge over a nearby creek was built as a WPA project during the depression of the 1930’s. (My grandfather worked for the WPA in another state and said that he made a dollar a day and was glad to get it.) I presume this project had a similar pay scale, but the workers did a great job and it was in use until very recently.
US Highway 85 was an important north/south route. It ran for over 1400 miles, from the Mexican border to the Canadian. Before it was replaced by the freeway it went through every little town along the way, it was the main road along the length of the Rocky Mountains.
I recently traveled to Augusta, GA. Inside the small but pleasant airport there are icons of the city’s claims to fame.
Although he was actually born in South Carolina, James Brown lived in Augusta at his aunt’s brothel. This statue of him is just down the street from the Confederate War memorial. It is so popular that the city has installed an interactive camera. You text some numbers and the camera will take your photo and send it back to your phone. I had not realized how short he was until I stood next to him.
The airport has this small shrine to JB at the entrance to the airport. And the city named the local arena after him too.
The other claim to fame is golf, an inexplicable Scottish sport. There is a televised tournament here at a private golf course and apparently thousands of people with nothing better to do (they could be watching paint dry, it’s much more exciting) show up to watch the fun in action. The golf course is located behind this thing (perhaps it’s a water tower, perhaps a flying saucer?).
There is a statue of some famous golfer that is one of the first things that one sees after deplaning. This is in case you don’t know that this place is now famous for golf, instead of it’s former claim of being a mercantile capital of the sugar and cotton business.
The tourist board also flogs the area’s ties to lesser celebrities. Early movie comedian Oliver Hardy is from a nearby area, so there is his museum. American President Woodrow Wilson lived near the James Brown Arena (which was not yet built of course, except perhaps in an alternate universe) when he was growing up.
Finally, I include this griffon just because I like it, and it is across the street from JB’s statue. The reflection is me and my favorite brother.
I took a trip to the land of magnolias, in the deep South.
They were in bloom everywhere and looking gorgeous.
This statue is of James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia. He sounds like he was a rather nice sort of person, he was an MP, was an English prison reformer, friend of the Indians, opponent of slavery, and a founding member of the British Museum among other accomplishments.
The town sits along the Savannah River, and there are ancient locks that bypass the rocky shoals so that they could ship out the cotton and sugar.
You know that you are in the south when you see Spanish moss hanging from the trees.
Because the town was not burned in the American Civil War (unlike Atlanta), there are lots of beautiful buildings still standing, like this one which was the Cotton Exchange (place where cotton was bought and sold).
The gorgeous old sugar mill is a fine example of a Victorian factory. (Quite possibly Satanic to work in, but rather lovely on the outside.)
And because it’s the South there is the mandatory monument to the Confederate War dead. It has the generals where they are easy to see, the enlisted man is high up at the top.
Of course this area was once home to and part of the range of various Native American tribes. Cuerno Verde started his war against the settlers right where the power plant stands today. There are still traces of the indigenous people.
These don’t exactly honor the memory of the ancestors.
This place is a 1930’s roadhouse (a place with booze and dancing). The interior has a circular log ceiling like a Navajo hogan (a hogan is a house). It used to be on the edge of town and sat vacant for years. Now it’s a bar again.
It has this carving in case you missed the idea that the place is about Indians.
This is a Ute tree. It’s a trail marker and was actually shaped by Ute Indians. It’s over by the creek, not far from my house.
Strolling about town, one notices that there are a number of representations of men.
This fellow with his back turned to the mountain, was the European person who gave the mountain it’s present name. He used to be facing the mountain, but when the city moved him, they turned him around.
The city founder was an abolitionist who became a general during the American Civil War. His horse (also a male) (possibly Diablo) was not awarded any rank for his participation.
He made pots of money by staking gold miners, and as he had no heirs, he left lots of his money to the city.
Another mining millionaire who left his money to the city.
This cowboy reading a newspaper reminds one that people are (or were) literate and news is worthwhile (or not).
The bloodsucking count immortalizes the intentions of the real estate interests of our fair city.