The end of an era, the stack at Plant Branch set to come down

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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Comment balloon 21 commentsTammy Lankford, • September 27 2016 07:27PM

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What a shame Tammy Lankford, ...regulated to death, a sad by-product from our politicians.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team) 12 months ago

Tammy Lankford, it's so sad when landmarks come down and especially this one because it stood for a thriving business at one time. Hope they put something else up to navigate by.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea 12 months ago

Lisa Von Domek I fully admit to not missing the plumb of smoke, but the job loss was hard as my area was just eking into recovery when we had that blow.  They had agreed to this and that cleaner and scrubber, but literally were told... But by the time you get that done, we're going to increase them again, we're going to put you out of business. Thankfully we still have hydro power production here. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 12 months ago

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®  I doubt it.  But I do hope in my lifetime something good happens with that land.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 12 months ago

It will change things and the way people navigate. I wonder how long it will take people to get used to the new norm?

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 12 months ago

Hi Tammy Lankford,  I remember when you first wrote a blog indicating the were going to remove it.  It's tough to see our past history dissapear.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) 12 months ago

Hi Tammy.  Now you can give directions by saying "make a left where you used to be able to see the tall stack".  

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 12 months ago

I am sorry for the loss of jobs that will occur. I hope people affected will find other jobs.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 12 months ago

Debbie Reynolds perhaps they will stop by my office and pick up a copy of our free waterproof map to keep on their boat.

Larry Johnston the blow to our economic recovery was the worst part

Gabe Sanders thankfully I have a bill board now about a mile before that turn.

Gita Bantwal I hope we can afford the higher property taxes from the loss of revenue from the business and afford our new higher power bills now that we're shipping it in from heaven knows where.

 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 12 months ago

I always knew we were getting close to GCSU by that stack when my son was there. I can't imagine trying to navigate the lake without it either.

Posted by Rebecca Lewis (ODAT Realty Services, Inc) 12 months ago

I am sorry for the loss of business and jobs in your community. 

Posted by Kathryn J., Rentec Direct (Rentec Direct) 12 months ago

It's always sad when thing go away that we become accustom to seeing, such a great picture you captured of it.  It definitely gives the scene some character!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 12 months ago

Hi Tammy --- most of the time these landmarks are a much location indicator than any GPS system.   I can understand the mixed feelings in the community.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 12 months ago

That's really sad. I hate to see old landmarks taken down. People do have emotional attachment to them.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 12 months ago

While I haven't developed any feelings for a smoke stack, I know how you feel about landmarks. I was very upset when they did away with the Weather Ball in Minneapolis.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) 12 months ago

Tammy, I hate hearing about plants closing and more jobs being lost. I hope you get to take a bunch of pictures of this Stack. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) 12 months ago

Smoke stacks . . . what was it smoking?  Too bad they didn't commission a local artist to turn it in to something memorable for the town.  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results (BuyersAgentPortland.com | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time) 12 months ago

I've watched that light from a deer stand many nights while hunting in Greene and Hancock Counties! Of course it was still legal to shoot ...

Posted by Ron Barnes, "Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1! (Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties) 11 months ago

Rebecca Lewis I think it will be years before it's no longer missed... a generation.

Kathryn S. me too, that's the sad part for me

Brian England when I was a little girl and we'd be at my uncle's place near by I used to think of it as a big ship with the lights reflecting on the water.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

Michael Jacobs I know city folk think GPS is all that with a cherry on top, but around these parts you better have a map.

Sharon Tara sad indeed for so many.  So many locals have stories about when it was built.

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents yes when the plant close my ache was only for the job loss, not the factory, but it sure was an easy way to know which way was which on the water.

 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

Robert Bob Gilbert over the years I have taken many

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 not in the past 18 months or so.  LOL  But I am sure those hundreds of acres can some day be used for something nice which is why they are tearing the factory down.  It would be a lovely spot for a future resort and conference center.

Ron Barnes yes, that too.  I miss the blinking lights at night.  Driving by after dark across the lake last night it tugged at me.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 11 months ago

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