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Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, Upson County

Friendship Primitive Baptist Church was established in 1886.

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Abandoned Store, Upson County

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74 Bait & Tackle, Upson County

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Green Heron, Upson County

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Green Herons (Butorides virescens) are among the most common residents in the shallows along the Flint River. This one was photographed at Sprewell Bluff.

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Piggie Park, 1950, Thomaston

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A local favorite and popular stop for travelers through Thomaston since 1950, Piggie Park is an old-school drive-in specializing in barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, and Brunswick stew. They also have hand-made milkshakes.

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The Rock, Georgia

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In the 1850s the Central of Georgia Railroad would pick up and leave mail at a large rock beside its tracks midway between Thomaston and Barnesville. Since the area had no other formal name, people began addressing mail to “the Rock”. The name stuck.

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The Rock Baptist Church, 1920, Upson County

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Sprewell Bluff, Flint River

Sprewell Bluff Natural Area Flint River Upson County GA Fall Line Piedmont Shoals Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sprewell Bluff Park, operated by Upson County, is one of the most interesting natural areas in the Piedmont region, straddling the Fall Line and providing a mountain-like environment in west central Georgia. The Flint River here is quite different than at its southern extremes in Georgia, characterized by rocky shoals and sheer rock walls along its banks.

Sprewell Bluff Natural Area Flint River Upson County GA Fall Line Boulders Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The protection of and accessibility to this natural wonder are a real credit to Upson County.

Sprewell Bluff Natural Area Flint River Upson County GA Fall Line Piedmont Rock Outcrop Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Parking at the site is $5 per vehicle, but it’s well worth it. Kayaking and rafting are popular pursuits here.

 

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Upson County Courthouse, 1908, Thomaston

Upson County Courthouse Thomaston GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This landmark was designed by Frank P. Milburn.

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Ritz Theatre, 1927, Thomaston

Ritz Theatre Thomaston GA Working Art Deco Movie House Digitized Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Open almost continuously since the dawn of talking pictures, the Ritz is still in operation and shows first-run and classic movies seven days a week. It has recently been digitized. Visit their Facebook page for schedules and more information.

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