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Monday, March 8, 2010

Virginia Man Writes of Tour Over Georgia

J. M. Bickers of Tye River, Virginia wrote to the Atlanta Journal his account of his trip to Georgia. "I have just returned from my Georgia tour, and beg space in your columns....Commencing with the Capital City of Atlanta, which was burned by Sherman's army, but now numbers over one hundred thousand. It's a live city, and a great railroad center, with every modern improvement, and bids fair to be the New York of the South.

Savannah is the next largest city in the state, situated on the Atlantic coast, has a population of 65,000, with its handsome public buildings, beautiful parks, and the grand DeSoto Hotel, and is noted for its beautiful streets.

Augusta is another nice city of 40,000 and is noted for its beautiful streets.

I was deeply impressed with the ancient town of Louisville, situated in the rich cotton belt of central Georgia, with its handsome private and public buildings, one of which is the new courthouse, erected on the site of the old state capitol, which was built in 1795; and the only landmark now standing is the old slave market where Negroes were sold under the hammer, and where the town bell (now dormant--aged 132 years) can be found, which in days of yore, toiled the hour of sale. In consequence of the capitol being removed the growth of its town was greatly dwarfed, and has now not over 1,500 inhabitants; many of whom are refined and cultured, and show marked attention and courtesy to strangers.

Washington is another historical little town, where Jeff Davis held his last cabinet meeting.

I also stopped over at Cartersville, the home of Rev. Sam P. Jones, who has done more to crush out the saloon than any man in the United States. Carrie Nation not excepted. He is still on the warpath--may his days be many, and each battle crowned with victory, 'till the last foe is vanquished.....J. M. Bickers.

Source: The Atlanta Journal, May 27, 1905

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