I took a ride over to the ancestral home to join my father and mother, and my sister who happened to be in town, in watching the Super Bowl yesterday. Here are some of the sights I grew up with.
The forbidding face of Yonah Bald. "Yonah" is a Cherokee word that means "bear." I did my first rappelling on those rocks.
North Georgia College & State University, Georgia's Military College. I spent a lot of time there as a young man, because my mother worked there and also pursued one of her degrees there. It is located in the mountain-top city of Dahlonega, whose name comes from the Cherokee word for "Golden" because the nation's first gold rush happened there. Some of the local gold makes up the roof of the college building in the background.
One of James Vann's taverns, a few yards from the Etowah river and not very much farther from the home where I grew up. "Chief" Vann was the son of a Scottish fur trader and a Cherokee mother who was involved in a murderous raid against white settlers during the Chickamauga Wars. He became rich and powerful through taverns, ferries and trading posts along the first Federal Road to pierce the Georgia mountains. He burned one of his slaves alive for stealing, having hung a female slave by her thumbs to make her name the thief. He also fought, and won, a famous mounted duel.