Author Tim Hollis has become well known as a historian of the Southern tourism industry. Hollis has written three books for Arcadia Publishing about his hometown of Birmingham, plus the 40th anniversary book for Six Flags Over Georgia. He has penned numerous other titles on roadside nostalgia and baby boomer pop culture for the University Press of Mississippi, the University Press of Florida, Stackpole Books, and History Press. In Images of America: Stone Mountain Park, he documents the development of this world-famous monolith from the ill-fated beginnings of the carving to its present-day status as the centerpiece of one of Georgia's most visited attractions.
Stone Mountain Parkby Tim Hollis
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For centuries, explorers and pioneers told of a place in Georgia where there was a gigantic mountain of solid granite resembling "a great gray egg lying half-buried on a vast plain." In time, Stone Mountain, 15 miles east of Atlanta, became a local landmark. In 1915, it was decided that the mountain's sheer north face would be a good spot to carve a lasting memorial to the lost cause of the Confederacy. This proved to be easier said than done. Before the project was completed, one of Georgia's top tourist attractions was established around Stone Mountain's base.
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