I Was Born In and On Dixie!
♫ Look away, Look Away.♪
Really. I was born in and on Dixie. And I was born on Atlanta Street, in Marietta, Georgia. Atlanta Street is the old U.S. 41 Hwy. And the old U.S. 41 Hwy is the Dixie/was the Dixie Highway.
The house I was born in was on this grassy place (top picture), which is now part of the side-base of a railroad bridge (named the Mayor Richard Hunter [my uncle] Memorial Bridge.
Here are some more pictures of Atlanta Street aka Dixie Highway in Marietta.
Alley off Atlanta Street. Once there was a theater next to this alley. One time after a young man sat alone and watched the movie he stepped out in this alley and shot himself in the head. No one knows why. The bullet scar is still in the side of the wall.
Atlanta Street Looking North at the center of town.
Atlanta Street and West Atlanta Street from the Marietta City Cemetery.
Atlanta Street 1st block looking south.
Barnes Big Chicken – really the law office of ex-Governor Roy Barnes.
Clay House on Atlanta Street was the home of Senator Clay and his son General Lucius Clay. Also, I have mentioned it is where my friend Tony H. loved to take a bowel movement behind a bush in the front yard on the way home from school.
Classmate Elizabeth’s grandmother’s house.
Frazier House overlooking Atlanta Street (a Civil War novel was written about this house). It use to be grand old colonial mansion - now as you can see, it is run-down and in need of repairs. Eugenia Price once wrote a Civil War novel based on the residents of this house - I think the name of it was BEAUTY FROM THE ASHES.
Latimer Apartments - my late friend Van Callaway lived here with his parents.
Marietta art Museum which used to be the Library, and before that the Post Office. Which brings to mind, this is another grand old building that gave way to a brick non-nondescript post office building - I am always fussing about the court house - why don't I fuss about this too? I'll have to make myself a note.
This used to be a boarding house where my grammar school principal, Mrs. Whitehead lived.
Looking towards downtown - you are about in front of the building in the next picture.
This building I think was owned by my uncle Crain. It is next to what used to be the Post Office, then library, and now the art museum.
Johnny McCrakens Irish Pub. This is a very typical Irish Pub. Some people believe it is haunted. Upstairs was WBIE Radio Station owned and manned mostly by James Wilder. A very interesting station to listen to.
Gibbs auto – what me worry. Strangely, this building is only about a half block from where I was born. What is that saying, the nut doesn't fall far from the tree?