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Tallulah Falls Railroad Museum

Train depot
Train depot

I love trains, always have.  So after we flew past this on Highway 441 in Rabun Gap, Georgia, I did a u-turn and had to check it out.

Unfortunately it was closed for the season.  From what I gather from the web, this has all been built by the students from The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School across the road.  Obviusly they have built all the track as it is a two foot (1′-11 5/8″) narrow gauge railway.  I am unable to verify if they built the depot or it is original.  Peeking through the windows, I am of the belief it is original.

The museum displays artifacts from the defunct Tallulah Falls railway that was a 57-mile line from Cornelia, Georgia to Franklin, North Carolina.

The railroad ended passenger service 1946 and freight service in 1961. A short section from Cornelia to Demorest remained in operation until about 1985.

Goats on the Roof – – – Really!

Main building
Goats on the Roof -Main building

I spend  some time doing research on some of the places I go.  A while back I was searching for information on the old paper mill ruins by my house.  I came across a website similar to mine and was browsing his galleries when I saw this place….with goats….on a roof.  I thought it was hysterical.  I did not give it much more notice or even saw if the author said where it was.

On our way to the Smokies we headed to South Carolina via Highway 441.  I looked to the left and here was this place…Goats on the Roof.  Had to check this place out and it took me a minute to figure out where I had heard about it.

There are two shops, one that sells gifts, shirts, homeade jams, plust toys, games and more.  The other is an ice cream and fudge shop, which also sells burgers and dogs and gemstones.

This place is totally silly but alot of fun.  You can even feed the goats…..on the roof!!

Tallulah Gorge – Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Touristy gift store where I bought my new walking stick.
Touristy gift store where I bought my new walking stick.

I am not sure why I have not been here before this last weekend other than it is not something one would just go for the day unless you wanted to get a permit to hike to the bottom.  It is 1000 feet deep and I just said “No!”

The falls and gorge are part of the Tallulah Gorge State Park in north east Georgia. The town of Tallulah Falls is a quaint little area with the obligatory gift shops where I bought myself a walking stick that even has a fancy leather strap with beads.

The State Park has a very nice visitors center with exhibits.  The line to get permits to go into the gorge was empty although I was not doing that anyway.  That paths are actually made from recycled tires and was a great idea.  They provided great traction.

What goes down, must come up.  Just say no!
What goes down, must come up. Just say no!

We went to the one overlook where you could see the falls and just was not able to get a good picture.  There were 300 and some steps from that overlook to another one.  The picture I have of the steps only shoe about 20 or 25 steps.  I did the math and again said “No!”  Going down was not the problem, coming back was.

It is a very beautiful place and the gorge is quite impressive although unless you are very adventurous and willing to trek to the bottom, it is not worth going out of your way for.  If your in the area, definitely worth the stop.

 

Toccoa Falls, Georgia

Toccoa Falls
Toccoa Falls

Toccoa Falls is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Stephens County, Georgia. It has a vertical drop of 186 feet. We were there very early and it was a very peaceful place.

I was not aware of the tragedy that occurred here in 1977 before I visited the falls.  I think that the visit would have been a bit different had I known.  It boggles the mind that something that provides such peace and tranquility was the source of such terror, death and destruction.

On November 6, 1977, in the early morning, the dam above the falls failed. 176 million gallons of water surged through the campus below in the space of a few minutes. Most of the college personnel who lived in the path of the flood were asleep at the time, and 39 of them were swept to their deaths in the raging waters of Toccoa Creek. The dam was not rebuilt.

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Destruction from dam failure 1977.
tf destruction
Destruction from dam failure 1977.

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Cincinatti, Ohio

Columbus Day1 017aLate June we drove to Ohio for business and did a 10 minute stop in Cincinatti.  I had never been there before and only had the new camera about a week, so there is nothing spectacular here, just Cincinatti..