Years ago I told an out of state client flying in to Atlanta the directions to my office. I said, "Once you can see the smoke stack on 441 you'll turn left at the next caution light (now a stop light)". On the phone he kind of chuckled at my directions. Then he called me on the way from the airport to my office and his exact words were "how in the hell am I supposed to see anything with all these trees?" But then he drove around a curve and said "Damn, I see it."
It's hard not to see, it's one of the tallest smoke stacks in the world. It's 1001 feet tall. On a clear day it can be seen for up to 20 miles.
If I had known it wouldn't always be there I might have taken more photos. But this one is among my favorite. The lights were dancing off the water and it makes me remember that when I was a little girl I used to think it was a boat.
The plant has been closed about 18 months. It was regulated to death and many jobs were lost. In just a mere 11 days that stack, will be gone. The plant has been there since the 50's, the tall stack was built in 1978
On October 8th, it will come tumbling down (okay I'm not actually sure it will tumble) But I think we all should be there to see it. I plan to be there to see it. At least as close as they will let me get.
The announcement was make today on Georgia Power's local land management website. They even have a map of the sorry you can't get THAT close zone too. People are going to get lost on this lake. They have been navigating their way home by the stack for decades. I'm really going to miss it.
I might even try to get over there before October 8th and snap just few more photos. After all in just 11 days that's all we'll have left ... memories and photos.
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