Monday, July 5, 2010

Stone Mountain




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.

25 comments:

Julie said...

Not being a southerner, it seems a bit sacriligious to scar a rock like this. I look forward to a close-up and to the extra information.

Kaori said...

Wow, that rock is massive! I like the shot of your grandson, he looks so cute sitting there and pondering :-D

Ms. Moon said...

Uh- Julie? Mt. Rushmore?
Lois- I have been to Stone Mountain and yet, seeing these pictures, I am stunned once again.

Misfit in Paradise said...

I spent a magical day at Stone Mountain once. It is such a beautiful place.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I have always wanted to see Stone Mountain. I love the name. It gets down to basics.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» knew Stone Mountain was huge, but had no idea it is THAT big!

Indeed, Julie! Mt. Rushmore!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's beautiful!Wonderful trip and amazing place!That first picture with your grandson is adorable!
hugs
Léia

SRQ said...

First time I saw it I thought, 'Wow! I'm in the Deep South!" Stone Mountain is a very neat place -- awesome recreation area. Hope you're having a nice vacation.

Tash said...

The picture with your little grandson is just perfect. What an stunningly beautiful mountain and the amazing carving.
I am so glad you posted this because it certainly doesn't get much publicity out this way. Next time I head to Macon on business, I'll be sure to visit Stone Mountain.

Sylvia K said...

That is incredible and fascinating! Terrific photo, Lois! I'm sure you and your grandson had a great visit. I look forward to seeing and learning more about Stone Mountain! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

jennyfreckles said...

In Yorkshire that name would be 'calling a spade a spade'. Stone Mountain - indeed. It's impressive.

Tamera said...

Wow, that's pretty cool! I've never even heard of Stone Mountain. Thanks for teaching me something new today!

VP said...

Love your first picture, your grandson has really something to contemplate. Long time ago I spent a couple of days in Atlanta, but sadly missed this.

Pam said...

Might big and beautiful Stone Mountain , Lois.
Thanks for the great photos and info.
and the cutie also :)

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great photo of a magnificent artwork.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Jacob said...

What a nice grandma you are! I'll bet your grandson had the time of his life. Beautiful photos, too. We've driven by Stone Mountain many times, but have always been in a hurry to get somewhere else so have not stopped.

Maybe we should take a few days and make the trip!

Paul said...

Now thats a serious rock and well worth a little contemplation by anyone. I must confess it was new to me, but then there a whole lot of world out there.

Lucy the Cat said...

Wow, the stone is so big and the carving is amazing! I love your grandson contemplating. What a great place for a vacation.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

They are wonderful photos and so clear. YOu can see the smallest detail. Your little grandson looks rather cute sitting there.
Cheers,
Melbourne Daily Photo

Halcyon said...

This is really cool! I've never heard of this before.

That is the chicken said...

What amazing things there are on this planet!

Marie said...

Very beautiful site and photos. I think I had never heard of that place and thoses sculptures. Here we know about Mt Rushmore only.

JM said...

I've never seen this before! The top composition is just great, Lois!

Bergson said...

the fisrt is fantastic for the message

Waynenewman7 said...

AS YOU SAID "NOT BEING FROM THE SOUTH". YOU DON'T LEARN SOUTHERN PRIDE; YOU ARE BORN WITH IT FLOWING THROUGH YOUR VEINS! NEWMAN, DALLAS, TEXAS