Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Natural Wonder Where I Grew Up

My family moved to Georgia from Pennsylvania whenI was 11 years old. We lived in the suburb of Stone Mountain which is named after a 500+ foot dome of granite that sticks out of the ground about 25 miles east of downtown Atlanta. In the early part of the 20th century the largest bass-relief sculpture in the world was carved into the flat face of the mountain featuring Confederate States of America Generals Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and CSA President Jefferson Davis.

The rock is now surrounded by a privately-owned park that includes a lake, golf courses, retreat center, historic displays, recreational areas, and it hosted the speed cycling events in a velodrome built specifically for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Each summer a laser and light show is presented on the face of the mountain that includes fireworks and music. It's a definite place to see if you visit Atlanta.






41 comments:

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Wow! You made me wanna visit with this awesome pictures, but it's far away from here... (Sweden) *sigh*

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Linda said...

This place is on my list of places I gotta go to and see! I love Civil War sites anyway and this one just looks too awesome to pass up!

letha said...

I love the carving in the rock.

Rose said...

From the photos it looks like a lovely park. I too like the carving.

Angelo de los Angeles said...

Cool! I'm going to Atlanta in April... Gonna have to look into visiting that place. Happy WW!

Joyful Days said...

Oh those are so cool!

elementaryhistoryteacher said...

Yes, you were right. I do like your WW.

Did you know there is more of Stone Mountain underground than on top? The veins of granite go for miles....I've heard into neighboring states.

When I was young the big deal was to ride the train that went around the base of the mountains. Cowboys and Indians would have a gun/arrow fight along the way. It was very non-politically correct, but exciting. I don't believe they do it anymore.

Don't forget the Ga. Carnival....you both need to submit something.:)

Missy said...

Oooohhhh! Pretty! Makes me want to visit.

An Ordinary Mom said...

WOW! This is definitely something I would love to experience!

Holly said...

That looks like a great time! Thanks for dropping by my corner. ;o)

Hugs,
Holly
Holly's Corner

Gattina said...

This stone mountain is so beautiful that it is a pitty to have spoiled it with this sculptures !

Tonya said...

Oh we love Stone Mt. I live about 90 miles north near Chatanooga. We try to come down every few years. Now that I have a 3 yr old I think its time to come back for the show this summer. I always love that the show is different every year.

Happy Wednesday!

Biker Betty said...

Many years ago my in-laws took us there. It was fun. We didn't see the night show. Great shots. Especially love the last one with the American flag.

amy said...

Im ready to go back to visit! I think I have seen you before..heehee

anyhowblogs said...

I like the rock carvings. Te rest of the pics are nice too. Makes me wanna visit someday.

whenn said...

WoW! I would LOVE to go there! :)

Rache said...

How cool is that? :) Thanks for sharing some lovely pictures, happy Wordless Wednesday to you.

TorAa said...

A beautiful spot. I understand it's popular.

Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

those are truly beautiful... I love all 3 of them...Makes me wish I could visit...

Eagles Wings said...

Wow that is beautiful...we've been by Stone mountain but have never stopped.

(p.s. I LOVE CHICK-FIL-A - used to work at one for a while!)

Thanks for stopping by my WW!

Brian said...

Thanks for stopping by WW.

Great pictures, I love fireworks.

FelineFrisky said...

What a monument! thanks for the history. Must be a really cool place to visit. D :)

L.L. Barkat said...

Interesting that the top of the mountain is bald... why so?

Hootin'Anni said...

For me?--------Nothing's better than the points of interest in the great Historical South!!

Today my W W blog is celebrating our kitty's 5th Gotcha Day (adoption) I explain the photos in the 1st comment entry

The Wilson's said...

I have never been there. I think we will have to go this summer. Happy WW!!

Dragonheart said...

Beautiful! Those are amazing photos. :) What a very cool place to visit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela Giles Klocke said...

Great shots! We just moved away from there, but it was one of the last places we revisited before going :)

Gene Bach said...

Way cool pictures. Maybe one of these days I'll get over on that side of the country.

Gene

Dan and Jaime said...

those are some beautiful pictures, especially that first one. :)

Michelle said...

I love tourist stuff like that! My husband always teases me about being a tourist - even in my own city! Im gonna have to remmeber this if I ever get down that way!

Michelle said...

I love tourist stuff like that! My husband always teases me about being a tourist - even in my own city! Im gonna have to remmeber this if I ever get down that way!

Mert said...

Beautiful, I can't decide which picture I like more! Happy WW! :)

Sweet Kitty said...

These are awesome picture!
Thank you very much for sharing, Michael!

Hugs and Happy WW,
Sonny
aka
Sweet like Kitty

Raggedy said...

Wow! Great pictures! They brought back some memories for me. We moved from North Carolina to Virginia and then on to Pennsylvania when I was growing up. My Aunt lived in Atlanta and we used to visit her there. We made many a trip to stone mountain.
Happy WW!

Skittles said...

I know exactly where that is :)

eph2810 said...

This first picture of your WW collection is just stunning. I love the reflection of the mountain in the lake :)

Happy Wednesday.

Frances said...

That relection is sheer perfection.
Thanks for sharing the photos and the bit of history.
I love posts like this.
And thanks for visiting mine.

Sherpa said...

One of these days I'm going to visit Stone Mountain.

elisheva said...

I love the part of the laser show when it looks like the sculture is moving.

Thanks for coming by "Got Bible?"

Robin said...

Very nice! Glad to learn about some interesting places to visit! Thanks.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful shots!