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Old 10-19-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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Atlanta is such a land of contrasts/controversy--excellent for settings.
It really is. I think you were the one who told me the names of some of the neighborhoods and it's just awesome. I love exploring aspects of Atlanta that most outsiders don't see or hear about. I've got big hopes for my Cascade book. Her family owned one of the biggest black banks in the area, and now she runs a foundation making micro loans to low income women. I'm hoping a big publisher will pick it up, it was fun researching the old money black people in the area.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Driving around I wondered about all these "mill" roads. I assume they had mills on them, but what on earth were they milling. I assume this vlimate is too hot and humid for wheat. Were they milling corn?
There were some flour mills, but I think most of them were corn mills or sawmills, sometimes combined with a cotton gin.

I've wondered the same thing about all the "bridge" and "ferry" roads. Most of them are near the river, but others are not at all.

Cheshire Bridge
Holcomb Bridge
Jones Bridge
Medlock Bridge
State Bridge
Haynes Bridge
Brown's Bridge
Kimball Bridge

Bell's Ferry
Defoors Ferry
Paces Ferry
Powers Ferry
Johnson Ferry
Grogan Ferry
Island Ferry
Nesbit Ferry
McGinnis Ferry
Shallowford Road
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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There were some flour mills, but I think most of them were corn mills or sawmills, sometimes combined with a cotton gin.

I've wondered the same thing about all the "bridge" and "ferry" roads. Most of them are near the river, but others are not at all.

Cheshire Bridge (Peachtree Creek)
Holcomb Bridge (Chattahoochee River)
Jones Bridge (Chattahoochee River)
Medlock Bridge (Chattahoochee River)
State Bridge (Chattahoochee River)
Haynes Bridge (Chattahoochee River)
Brown's Bridge
Kimball Bridge (Chattahoochee River)

Bell's Ferry (Noonday Creek/Little River)
Defoors Ferry (Chattahoochee River)
Paces Ferry (Chattahoochee River)
Powers Ferry (Chattahoochee River)
Johnson Ferry (Chattahoochee River)
Grogan Ferry (Chattahoochee River)
Island Ferry
Nesbit Ferry (Chattahoochee River)
McGinnis Ferry (Chattahoochee River)
Shallowford Road (Chattahoochee River)
Look above.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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It really is. I think you were the one who told me the names of some of the neighborhoods and it's just awesome. I love exploring aspects of Atlanta that most outsiders don't see or hear about. I've got big hopes for my Cascade book. Her family owned one of the biggest black banks in the area, and now she runs a foundation making micro loans to low income women. I'm hoping a big publisher will pick it up, it was fun researching the old money black people in the area.
Yes.
So many outsiders (and many Metro Atlanta residents as well) don't realize how dynamic Metro Atlanta is--political, historical, racial/demographical, social etc.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Look above.
Well...duh. I realize these streets are named for actual bridges and ferries over actual rivers. I was just wondering about the stories behind them.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Does anyone know how Sugarloaf Pkwy received it's name? I used to live close to there and I always thought it was such an odd name. I do know that Gwinnett DOT simply realigned and widened several roads to make the parkway.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Well...duh. I realize these streets are named for actual bridges and ferries over actual rivers. I was just wondering about the stories behind them.
Don't be so sensitive/insecure.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Well...duh. I realize these streets are named for actual bridges and ferries over actual rivers. I was just wondering about the stories behind them.
Here is some information about some of the historic ferries and bridges in the Atlanta area:

Historic ferries of the Atlanta area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Historic bridges of the Atlanta area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Does anyone know how Sugarloaf Pkwy received it's name? I used to live close to there and I always thought it was such an odd name. I do know that Gwinnett DOT simply realigned and widened several roads to make the parkway.
Quick note... Open up Google Earth and go to Historical imagery and you can see the change from 1993 images to 2000 images and see whats new, widened, realigned and rebuilt

I've never found a great decisive documented answer to this question. Part of me wonders if planners jsut came up with it as a pleasant sounding name when they made the road with the 1992 SPLOST funds.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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Does anyone know how Sugarloaf Pkwy received it's name? I used to live close to there and I always thought it was such an odd name.
A lot of roads around Atlanta probably got their monikers when some real estate developer looked in "10,000 Cool Names for the Streets in Your New Subdivision."

I always thought it would be fun to make a cul-de-sac and name it something like "Olde Middlegate Town Close Crossing at the Links of Hopnidge Run Place."
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