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    tennessee wagon road

    by doug48 Updated Sep 11, 2012

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    tennesee wagon road

    the tennessee wagon road was a heavily traveled wagon route that passed over the allatoona mountain range north to chattanooga. the allatoona community was established at the intersection of the tennessee wagon road and the old alabama road (GA 293). the allatoona community consisted of the clayton house, six or seven stores, and a railroad depot.

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    battle of allatoona pass

    by doug48 Written Sep 11, 2012

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    located about 10 miles southeast of downtown is the site of battle of allatoona pass. the battle was fought in october 1864 not long after the fall of atlanta. on october 4 th confederate general samuel french marched 3,276 men from big shanty, (modern day kennesaw) to attack the 976 man union garrison at allatoona pass. unknown to french 2,025 union reinforcements commanded by union general john corse had arrived by train from rome. in a matter of hours 1,603 men from both sides lost their lives. the battle of allatoona is considered a union victory.
    image two is a photograph of alatoona pass taken by george barnard in 1866. to the left is a plantation house (the clayton house) which still exists today. to the right is the tennessee wagon road which runs up the hill just below the house. the house on the top of the hill was the headquarters of the 4 th minnesota infantry.

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    cassville

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    site of the cass county courthouse

    cassville is a tiny town located ten miles north of cartersville on US 41. cassville was established in 1832 and was the county seat of cass county georgia. by the 1850's cassville was the cultural center of north georgia. cassville was home to two colleges, four hotels, and a local newspaper. cassville is most famous for the "cassville affair" or the battle that did not happen. in may 1864 confederate general joseph johnston planned the attack the forces of union general william t. sherman in cassville. just before the planned battle confederate general john hood convinced johnston to withdrawl south to allatoona. as a result sherman captured the town with out firing a shot. sherman's troops occupied cassville until october then set the town on fire. only three houses and two churches in cassville survived the civil war.

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    old bartow county courthouse

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    old bartow county courthouse

    the old bartow county courthouse was built in 1869 after the civil war. this building was bartow county's courthouse until 1902 when the new courthouse was built down the street. the old bartow county courthouse is currently under renovation and in the future will be the home to the bartow county history museum.

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    western and atlantic depot

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    bartow county visitor center

    a good first stop on a visit to cartersville is the visitor center at the historic cartersville railroad depot. the depot was built by the western and atlantic railroad in 1837. in may 1864 the depot was the site of the battle of cartersville during the civil war. the western and atlantic depot was the only brick structure in the town at the time and confederate troops used the depot as a make shift fort. after a fierce battle the confederate defenders of cartersville were repulsed and the forces of union general william t. sherman burned the town.

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    etowah indian mounds

    by doug48 Written May 12, 2010

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    etowah indian mounds

    the etowah indian mounds are one of the most popular attractions of bartow county. native americans inhabited this village from 1000 AD to 1550. the village complex has six mounds and a plaza located on the etowah river. the park visitor center has a museum and a film about early native american culture. for those interested in early american history the etowah indian mounds is a very worth while place to visit. see my etowah travelogue for more images of the site. also for admission and times see the attached web site.

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    booth western museum

    by doug48 Updated May 12, 2010

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    booth western art museum

    the booth western art museum has an excellent collection of western united states art and sculpture. the museum also has a collection of civil war period paintings. as well as the permanent collection the museum has traveling exhibits from museums from all over the u.s. for admission and times see the attached web site.

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    bartow county courthouse

    by doug48 Written May 11, 2010

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    bartow county courthouse

    the current bartow county courthouse was built in 1902 in the neoclassical revival style. the architects of the bartow county courthouse were kenneth mc donald and j.w. golucke. located a couple blocks north of this courthouse is the 1869 courthouse which will become the bartow county history center in the near future. the original bartow county courthouse was located in cassville about ten miles north of cartersville. the original bartow county courthouse was burned by union general william t. sherman's troops in 1864.

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    Weinman Mineral Museum

    by davecallahan Updated Mar 1, 2007

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    You inherit some land, you have some extra cash, you have a passion for rocks.... what do you do with all of that?.... build a mineral education center and make kids happy while you make some more money.

    The place is called the Weinman Mineral Museum. But what is it really. A museum for McNitt and Mayo family history, an adventure for kids to discover the wonders of minerals and rocks, a rock collectors delight because of all the samples available. There are 5 or 6 rooms, each with a different focus: the family museum room; the Georgia minerals room; the unusual gems and minerals room; the gift shop with fantastic collection of minerals to buy; the walk-through-a-cave room where you get the feeling of going into a mine; the latest exhibit room where some information and samples from rocks in the news are shown (like the moon rocks).

    We spent a couple of hours meandering and shopping there. During that time, at least two school buses of kids (pre-teen) came in for a field-trip. Everything is self-guided but the staff will answer questions readily. They have restroom facilities and a small snack bar.

    If you are into rocks or have inquisitive kids, then stop here. They often have special events on the premises (none the day we were there).

    UPDATE 2007
    The organization has expanded facilities to include museum exhibits at 15 North Gilmer Street in Cartersville, GA. To get directions and information about the new building, ask at the desk at the establishment on Mineral Museum Drive or check the web page

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    confederate civil war memorial

    by doug48 Updated Apr 7, 2011

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    confederate civil war memorial

    the bartow county confederate civil war memorial is located on the grounds of the bartow county courthouse. this memorial has a standing soldier motif which is common in the south.

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