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Old 10-15-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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I writing a book set in Savannah and would like to know the history of River Street. Who built it?
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:11 AM
 
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It wasn't "built". It simply grew as the people had need for it. This is the area where the first colonists landed.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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If you mean, who turned it from a muddy, dangerous wharf area into a thriving, pedestrian-friendly tourist mecca, the credit for that goes to longtime Mayor John Rousakis. It happened in the 1970s.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure it's safe to safe that SLAVES built it originally ...
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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My time as research assistant starts at 25/hr. DM me if you need help.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:43 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone for your answers. What need to know is what people physically built those steep stairs with brick and stones and who physically cut, hauled and put the timbers in the old buildings. I'm sure it wasn't politicians who never get their hands dirty. I'm looking for physical stuff here. If Oglethorpe came over with around 144 colonists, mostly poor, with four rules no slaves, strong liquor, lawyers or Roman Catholics which I found on a history site then who and when was the initial port area built. Was it by slave labor? If so, when and wehre did the slaves come from. I need accuracy. Thanks for any input.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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There are a lot of individual buildings, a lot of steep stairs, a lot of cobblestones brought from all over the world and moved around by a lot of anonymous slave labor as well as poor immigrants from all over Europe, and (worst of all) nearly 300 years of add-ons, subtractions, and edits by any number of people on a fairly long stretch of waterfront, so anything even approaching comprehensive might be difficult to say the least. But good luck in your endeavor!
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:34 AM
 
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I think you need to do more research on Savannah. Your questions indicates that you don't have much knowledge about the area.

Those 144 original colonists STARTED the town on the River Street area. THEY are the ones that dug and hauled to get it started. Slaves were soon brought in from all over when the colonists woke up to the fact that they weren't cut out for working in the heat. It took decades for River Street to grow. Those buildings that you see now are fairly new historically.

Somewhere like the Georgia Historical Society will have much more information for you than this forum will.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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So far, this is going to be a very short book.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Does anyone know who 'initially' brought those huge river stones on shore and who first built up the shore and set those stone into the ground for the first few steep steps? I walked up them and they are steep and they are built with old stones. My husband says ships brought in the stones to shore. Deposited them because they used them to keep the ships lower in the water.

MY book merely mentions the area called River Street but i'd personally like to know who was responsible for starting work on the area. Maybe that's a part of history that's lost. Maybe like many, people don't know their history and presume or assume. I believe GA Historical Society is my best bet. Hopefully they will have some kind of documentation. Thanks Marcia
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:47 AM
 
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Once upon a time a whole bunch of sailing ships dumped some rocks out of their holds on the muddy streets of Savannah. Then some slaves (and stonemasons) made very steep steps out of them.

A lady from out of town came to visit and thought to herself "wouldn't it be awesome to write a book about this?" So she asked a bunch of anonymous strangers on the Internet about the long and complex history of naval engineering, trade, architecture, and politicians.

They just rolled their eyes and sighed saying, "why don't you go plague those nice people at the historical society and see how reality looks."

The end.
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