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Ellerslie in Harris County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Wire Road

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The Wire Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
1. The Wire Road Marker
Inscription. This road marks the route of the first telegraph lines from Washington to New Orleans, via Columbus, completed in 1848. The road entered Harris County at Mount Airy (later Ridgeway), 5 miles from here. A stagecoach inn, stores, houses, and schools there were almost swept away by the cyclone of 1875. On this road stood Bethesda Baptist Church, organized in 1828, later moved to Ellerslie. The home of Gen. Henry Lowe, near this junction, entertained Ex-President James K. Polk and other prominent visitors as they came from Milledgeville, the capital of Georgia, along the Wire Road.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 072-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 37.886′ N, 84° 48.107′ W. Marker is in Ellerslie, Georgia, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Warm Springs Road (Alternate U.S. 27) and Talbotton Road (Georgia Route 315), on the right when traveling north on Warm Springs Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellerslie GA 31807, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richard Christmas
The Wire Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
2. The Wire Road Marker
Looking north on Alternate US 27, toward Warm Springs
(approx. 4 miles away); Kingsboro & Cataula (approx. 4.2 miles away); Lucy Laney Elementary School (approx. 4.7 miles away); Waverly Hall (approx. 5.6 miles away but has been reported missing); “Blind Tom” (approx. 6.1 miles away); Fortson House (approx. 8 miles away); Hamilton Female College (approx. 9.4 miles away); Columbus Baptist Association (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
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The Wire Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
3. The Wire Road Marker
The old Wire Road, now Talbotton Road (Georgia Highway 315) is in the background
The Wire Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
4. The Wire Road Marker
Looking southwest toward the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Talbotton Road, the old Wire Road
The Wire Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Dover, January 1, 2005
5. The Wire Road Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,073 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5. submitted on , by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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