Relative newcomers to Hall County, and even longtime residents whose memory might be fuzzy, are curious about "what used to be" in Gainesville's downtown.
Near the intersection of Wilson Bridge and Martin Bridge roads off Exit 154 of Interstate 85 in Banks County, there once was a community called Arp.
The late Lester Hosch, a Hall County businessman, consummate Rotarian and historian, once inventoried Gainesville street names, giving the origin of some of them.
The year 1964 doesn't seem like half a century ago, but it is memorable because of the turbulent times the country experienced.
One hundred years ago, Europe was in the throes of World War I, called the Great War prior to World War II, and countries were declaring war on each other right and left.
While there are debates in these political times, they aren't what they used to be. Nowadays, campaigns depend on big money to buy big television ads. Elections seemingly are won by who has the most money to buy TV time.
The Northeast Georgia History Center, celebrating a decade in its $4 million building on Gainesville's Academy Street, got off to a meager beginning in an old fire station in 1981.
The Spring Chicken Festival held in downtown Gainesville this weekend surely must stir memories of those who remember the very popular Georgia Poultry Festival staged in the 1950s and '60s, just when the poultry industry was beginning to take off in Northeast Georgia.
Dwight Bearden was 6 or 7 years old when he first started helping his father on their liquor still north of Dawsonville.
Gainesville native Iverson D. Hudgins was characterized "a miracle man" because he survived the 1936 tornado despite being caught in the vortex of the twister, thrown high above his house, landing midst all manner of debris and leaving him with 17 fractures and nails in one eye and his jaw.
There are so many stories that have been told and retold about the 1936 tornado that caused more than 200 deaths in the heart of Gainesville.
Woolley's Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren't all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.
The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward "Jackie" Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.
Mildred Martin, 86, a member of Chestatee Baptist Church since a baby, remembers when the building was heated by a pot-bellied stove.
Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.
Carl Sanders, the Georgia governor from 1963-67, who died last week, had a lot of Gainesville connections.
Nothing funner on a rainy day than pulling out family photo albums, reminiscing and laughing over how you, your children, grandchildren and others have changed through the years.
Tuesday is Veterans Day, when at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, the 11th month, citizens and veterans across the country honor and remember veterans of all wars.
The Cooper Pants Factory historical marker at the corner of Maple and Broad streets in Gainesville has been appropriately unveiled in remembrance of those who died in the 1936 tornado, specifically those killed in the tragic fire that engulfed the pants factory.
Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.
Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.
A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.
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