Archive for the ‘Site of the Former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility’ Category

Tallassee Shoals XXXII: Arborial Angles   1 comment

Above:  Trees, February 11, 2018

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

This photograph comes from near the location of the old dam.

Nature contains many magnificent curves and angles.  The tree in the center of the photograph is especially impressive and beautiful.  The colors in the image also impress me.

The Middle Oconee River is visible through the trees.

The major reason I post this image is to share beauty, to counteract some of the ugliness and meanness rampant on the Internet.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XXXI: Woodland Trail   1 comment

Above:  The Terminus of a Trail at Ben Burton Park, Athens, Georgia, February 11, 2018

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All Photographs Dated February 11, 2018

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

A most pleasant trail links Ben Burton Park to the cul-de-sac near my home.

The trail contains some shortcuts, such as the one on the left.

The trees in the middle of the image form fascinating angles.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XXX: Small Stone Structure   1 comment

Above:  Two Trees and One Small Stone Structure, February 11, 2018

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All Photographs Dated February 11, 2018

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

One of the joys of wandering off trails is seeing sights I would never see otherwise.  One of these is immediately north of Ben Burton Park and between the Middle Oconee River and a back entrance to that park.

The arrangement of stones is prompts me to wonder what purpose this structure served.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XXIX: Bricks   1 comment

Above:  Old Bricks Beside the Middle Oconee River, February 11, 2018

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All Images Dated February 11, 2018

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Immediately north of Ben Burton Park and beside the Middle Oconee River, in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, exists evidence that brick structures were part of the old Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility.  On the approach to the tower, where the 1895 dam used to be, is a trail.  Beside that trail, in the woods, are stone walls.  Between two stone walls are broken-up parts of a brick structure, now partially overgrown.

I wonder what this area looked like prior to 1960, when the hydroelectric facility closed.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XXVIII: Stone Corner   1 comment

Above:  The Entrance to the Stone Corner at Poss Creek, Ben Burton Park, Athens-Clarke County, from a Woodland Trail, February 11, 2018

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All Photographs Dated February 11, 2018

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This tree grew around the chain.

Those indentions are present from one end of the stone corner to the other.  They prompt me wonder that the area looked like long ago.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XXVII: Poss Creek   1 comment

Above:  Poss Creek, Flowing into the Middle Oconee River, February 11, 2018

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All Photographs Dated February 11, 2018

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

Poss Creek (usually lower than shown above) flows through one end of Ben Burton Park and into the Middle Oconee River.  Immediately before the creek arrives at the river it looks the way it does below.

The beauty of the small waterfalls never ceases to give me reasons for gratitude to God.

This is what the area looks like at one end of a trail leading into Ben Burton Park.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XXVI: Swollen River   1 comment

Above:  The Middle Oconee River at Ben Burton Park, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, February 11, 2018

All Photographs by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All Photographs Dated February 11, 2018

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

I am fortunate to live near Ben Burton Park, approximate to the site of the historic (long-since demolished) dam on the Middle Oconee River.  The area provides many places to walk, to climb over walls, and to get off trails and see sights I would not see otherwise.

This structure, across the river and very close to the tower (shown below), served some function when the hydroelectric facility was operational.

The dam was at the tower, shown above.  I have walked in the old sluiceway (the area at the base of the tower) and noticed reinforcing steel beams emerging from the ground.  The only aspect of this site that annoys me is the graffiti, a matter regarding which I have written the Leisure Services Department of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County.  I have noticed that, about as soon as personnel clean up graffiti, I see new graffiti.  This variety of disrespect is why we cannot have nicer things.

The beauty of the water never ceases to amaze me.  At least as wonderful is the sound of the river.

This tree certainly has an abundant supply of water.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 COMMON ERA

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