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? About ATL

Fri Sep 29, 2000 5:57 am

When I was flying to ATL a couple weeks back I noticed a strange mountain-like rock formation when we were on initial approach. When we were right over it, I could just make out the Atlanta skyline in the distance. Does anyone know what this was? There didn't seem to be any grass on it but it looked like there were a few scrubby trees.
 
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Fri Sep 29, 2000 6:03 am

Stone Mountain, Georgia!!!

Hope that helps!!!

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Fri Sep 29, 2000 9:06 am

As FKHUL says, that's Stone Mountain! Famous for a battle in the Civil War when Sherman marched in. (and burned the city to the ground with all the women and children locked in their houses.) The Confederate Army just stood on top of the mountain not realising straight away what the somewhat-compassion-lacking yankee General Sherman. (Does it show I'm a Southerner?)

It's a great symbol of Georgia but recently has had some bad press has been associated with some of the KKK's rituals... an unforgivable thing and a terrible shame. But still... that's what it is.

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Fri Sep 29, 2000 11:44 am

Just another bit of trivia about Stone Mountain - it is the Southern equivalent of Mt. Rushmore with a huge carving of the Confederate generals on the rock face.

Also, it is the world's largest chunk of exposed granite.  
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Fri Sep 29, 2000 1:47 pm

I know this isn't exactly aviation related...but do they still have the laser light show on Stone Mountain? I remember going to it when I was a child living in Athens, GA.
 
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Fri Sep 29, 2000 2:01 pm

Yeah - the laser show is still there - although in recent years its become less of a tourist attraction and more of a redneck family night out.
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Fri Sep 29, 2000 3:29 pm

went to the laser show in the summer of 99 while staying in Atlanta, it was great. Its pretty long but worth it. Bring a folding chair, or you sit on your butt for a while. Check out the railroad station and all the southern food stands too.
 
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Fri Sep 29, 2000 9:48 pm

I have a great view of the mountain from my front yard. During the 4th of July friend and family gather to see the fire works, except for this year I saw the fire works from a Delta 727 on the way back from BUF. I remember seeing the mountain in the Guinness Book of World records several years ago for having the largest carving (I thought that Mount Rushmore was the largest, I guess not). The last time I have been to the park was about five years ago, even though I only live less than 1/4 of a mile away,
 
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Sat Sep 30, 2000 3:57 am

Us "yankees" working for Delta refer to Stone Mountain as "Loser's Peak"  

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Sat Sep 30, 2000 6:10 am

As that's from you, Delta737, and I truly aspire to be in your position, I will let that one slide.....  (I'm at ERAU, it's a start...)

To finish off what I never finished off the first time for some reason, General Sherman marched in and torched the whole city with the women & children locked in their houses, while the majority of the Confederate Army was standing atop Stone Mountain... looking down not realizing what was going on. Only once flames started jumping out of buildings, and they could hear the screams (OK maybe that part is poetic license, I don't know) did they decide to do something. (D'oh!) Then again in the course of the War we weren't too nice to some of the Yankee cities around either, so I guess it's Give & Take...  Either way, no matter what you know it as (Loser's Peak or Stone Mountain) that's what it is.

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Sat Sep 30, 2000 6:10 am

As that's from you, Delta737, and I truly aspire to be in your position, I will let that one slide.....  (I'm at ERAU, it's a start...)

To finish off what I never finished off the first time for some reason, General Sherman marched in and torched the whole city with the women & children locked in their houses, while the majority of the Confederate Army was standing atop Stone Mountain... looking down not realizing what was going on. Only once flames started jumping out of buildings, and they could hear the screams (OK maybe that part is poetic license, I don't know) did they decide to do something. (D'oh!) Then again in the course of the War we weren't too nice to some of the Yankee cities around either, so I guess it's Give & Take...  Either way, no matter what you know it as (Loser's Peak or Stone Mountain) that's what it is.

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