The Spectacular Stone Mountain Park
As a young girl until now, I have always enjoyed traveling with family and friends to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia (30 minutes away from Atlanta). From walking/riding up and down the mountain to laying back watching the famous laser show, there has never been a dull moment at the park. There are many educational activities as well as fun things to do at the park like 4D movies, mini golf, fishing, camping, train that rides around the mountain, farmyard and a laser show to end the spectacular day. This park is filled with five miles of excitement.
HISTORY: The mountain was first encountered by the Europeans in 1597 after the Spanish explorers announced that there was a mountain further inland which was a living place for the Cherokee people. This area was named Rock Mountain. DeKalb County, in which the mountain is located, manicured this area for nature walking trails and other recreational activities for visitors. Later, the name was changed to Stone Mountain.
Located on the face of the mountain is a Confederate Memorial Carving measured to be about three acres. In the carving, you will see three Confederate leaders of the Civil War riding horses including: President Jefferson Davis, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. A member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy came up with the bright and creative idea to form this project in 1912. The mountain was owned by the Venable family so they were kind enough to let one side of the mountain be carved. Three men were hired, one-by-one, to work on the sculptor. Gutzon Borglum began the process in 1923. Augustus Lukeman continued the carving in 1925. Walker Kirkland Hancock started making his final touches in 1964 and the masterpiece was complete in 1972.
Currently, there is a political debate happening to get rid of the Confederate symbols. The flags have already been removed and now the Memorial Carving is being suggested to be removed from the face of the mountain. If this happens, the creative regional art history will be ruined!
FUN FACTS ABOUT STONE MOUNTAIN PARK:
- Stone Mountain weighs more than one trillion pounds.
- The Memorial Carving is larger than Mount Rushmore.
- The Songbird Habitat and Trail was used for the archery and cycling portion of the 1996 Olympics.
- Stone Mountain has the largest amount of granite.
- The confederate daisy is named the “Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy” since it is was found in a sixty-mile radius of Stone Mountain.
- Stone Mountain Lake was man-made and took two years to fill it up.
“Confederate Memorial Carving.” Retrieved from https://www.stonemountainpark.com/activities/history-nature/Confederate-Memorial-Carving.https://www.stonemountainpark.com/activities/history-nature/Confederate-Memorial-Carving
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