Hydroelectric Power Plants, abandoned

So, two of the local state parks here have hydroelectric plants on site that were once used to manufacture energy; one to supply power to the local town, one to supply energy to run a mill that made uniforms for the Confederate Army.

This first one is at High Falls State Park in Jackson, GA, and was used to supply power to the small town nearby.  It was shut down in the 60’s when the town was bypassed by a new train track going in.  The building is fenced off, but it ‘s pretty obvious (by all the graffiti!) that folks are getting in anyway.  We did a tour with the state park ranger to gain access!

"Gangsta J" - my new nickname

“Gangsta J” – my new nickname

Window out over the Towaliga River

Window out over the Towaliga River

Looking into the bottom of the power plant

Looking into the bottom of the power plant

The supports for the gates at the top of the aquaducts

The supports for the gates at the top of the aqua ducts

This second power plant is out at Sweetwater State Park in Lithia Springs, GA.  This was built in the 1840’s as a textile mill to make fabric and uniforms for the Confederate Army.  Yes, for the Civil War.  It operated for around 20 years before it was burned to the ground by the Union army in the 1860’s.  The outside of the 5 story structure still stands.

The abandoned mill

The abandoned mill

The far side of the mill

The far side of the mill

The old chimney

The old chimney

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