Category Archives: Harris City GA

Harris City Baptist Church

historic harris city baptist church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

Much of this structure has obviously been modified, but the pilasters on the facade appear to be original. If so, this is probably a very old church

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Pepsi Mural, Harris City

harris city ga grocery store pepsi mural photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

I’m guessing this was also a grocery store, operating a good bit later than the red cinderblock structure (previous post) across the highway. This mural appears to date from the 1970s or 1980s.

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Commercial Storefront, Harris City

harris city ga mid 20th century commercial cinderblock building photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

This was likely a grocery store, mid-20th century. But that’s just a guess.

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Ruins of Jenkins General Store, 1906, Harris City

harris city ga ruins of jenkins general store photogrpah copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

George W. Jenkins, Sr., built Jenkins General Store with hand-cut rock to replace its wood frame predecessor. Jenkins was a successful merchant, drawing shoppers from all over the area to Harris City. The business thrived until the early 1920s, when the boll weevil signaled a collapse of the cotton-based agricultural economy. George, Sr, moved to Atlanta and established a small grocery store, less susceptible to the ups-and-downs of the agricultural economy. In the meantime, his son, George, Jr., graduated from Greenville High School and moved to Florida in 1925 to seek his fortune in real estate. He took a job with Piggly Wiggly, however, and after just a couple of months as a clerk he was promoted to manager.  In 1930 he left Piggly Wiggly and opened the first Publix store in Winter Haven. Today, Publix is one of the largest grocery store chains in the nation. I like to think that lessons Mr. Jenkins learned here in Harris City, at his father’s side, helped make him into the successful entrepreneur that he became.

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