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Coopers Creek, Suches

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Coopers Creek (variously known as Cooper’s Creek and Cooper Creek) is one of the most picturesque mountains streams in North Georgia.

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It’s a favorite among fishermen and is one of the busiest places in the mountains on the opening day of trout season. The first time I ever went trout fishing was on Coopers Creek and the banks were full of tents crowded with eager anglers.

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The creek follows Georgia Highway 60, one of the most beautiful drives in Georgia.

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W. C. Gurley’s Store, Suches

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Though not in Suches proper, this store is nearby and has a Suches address. It’s now home to the Wildcat Country Store & Diner.

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Coopers Creek Baptist Church, Union County

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This congregation was established in 1849.

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A cemetery sits on a bald behind the church and features numerous historic headstones.

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Primitive soapstone markers are scattered throughout.

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Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center, 1937, Union County

Walasi Yi Center Blood Mountain GA Appalachian Trail Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Though it’s evolved over the years, the focal point of the center remains the old Walasi-Yi Inn (pronounced Wa La See Yee) built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1934-37 on the site of an old tea room and inn previously owned by the Pfister-Vogel Land Company.

Blood Mountain at Neel Gap Appalachian Trail Walasi Yi Center Union County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This site on Blood Mountain (elevation 4458) was known as Frogtown Gap until the completion of the highway around 1924, when it was changed to Neel (or Neel’s) Gap to honor the highway engineer. It’s been suggested that Walasi was a great mythical frog in Cherokee lore who was the chief of the animal council and made his home high on this gap. The CCC inn and restaurant operated until the 1960s and the structure fell into disrepair. Slated for demolition in the 1970s, it was saved by locals. The Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center building is also significant as the only place the Appalachian Trail passes through a structure over its 2100+ miles.

Mountain Crossings Walasi Yi Center Blood Mountain GA Bronson Cat Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

These days, you’re likely to be greeted by one of the center’s famous tabby cats, who seem to have no care in the world and don’t mind the hoardes of tourists and hikers passing through. Since 1983, the center has been an outfitter and store known as Mountain Crossings at Neel Gap.

Cell Phone Booth at Mountain Crossings Walasi Yi Center Appalachian Trail Blood Mountain GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Appalachian Trail stickers and kitsch are evident everywhere here. One of my favorites is the “Cell Phone Booth”, an old pay telephone booth minus the telephone, that was left behind to afford hikers a covered spot to use their cell phones in this often wet locale.

Mountain Crossings Walasi Yi Center Blood Mountain GA AT Appalachian Trail Hiking Stickers Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Hikers who have done 30 miles on the trail leave their worn out boots and shoes in an old tree at the center. Those who have completed at least 500 miles can hang their shoes and packs inside to inspire other hikers.

Mountain Crossings Appalachian Trail Blood Mountain Walasi YI Shoe Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Sunrise Grocery, Union County

Historic Sunrise Grocery Store Union County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Though its exact date of establishment has been lost, Sunrise Grocery began as a Pure Oil station in the early 1920s. It became known as the Sunrise Grill in the 1940s. With several owners over the years, Sunrise Grocery has evolved into a local landmark and a go-to shop for the folks who hunt, camp, and fish in the area. Besides “convenience store” items and gasoline, they also sell local produce and regional arts and crafts items.

http://www.sunrisegrocery.com/

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Union County Courthouse, 1899, Blairsville

Union County Courthouse Blairsville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

National Register of Historic Places

Designed by Golucke & Stewart, this Romanesque courthouse served Union County until it was condemned in 1971. Temporary facilities were used until a replacement was built in 1976. Since restoration, it has served as home of the Union County Historical Society.

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Hole in the Wall, 1931, Blairsville

Hole in the Wall Cafe Diner Historic Blairsville Restaurant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This landmark serves some of the best food in Blairsville and it’s worth taking a detour off Highway 76 if you like country cooking or an all day breakfast menu.

http://www.holeinthewallga.com/

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