Monday, July 5, 2010
Stone Mountain is located about ten miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, Georgia and is the largest exposed mass of granite in the world. The part of Stone Mountain that you can actually see above ground is the dome and is only a small fraction of the massive rock which extends down for 10 miles and out through 4 states. Beginning in the 1800's and on through the 1970's, granite quarried from Stone Mountain was used extensively for large buildings and monuments in the United States. Today Stone Mountain is a tourist attraction and there are many recreational activities to be enjoyed in the area, including hiking, camping, boating, golf, picnicking and visiting Stone Mountain Park, which is where my grandson and I spent our vacation last week. I took the first picture of him as he was contemplating the giant carving on the face of the mountain of three famous Confederate figures who played key roles in the U.S. Civil War: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. I will post some closer views of the carving and a little history behind it later in the week.