Near Helen in Union County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway
Local Lore – Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway was once a dirt wagon trail locals used to travel over Hogpen Gap from Choestoe to Helen and vice versa. Wagon brakes were notoriously poor, and a wagon going downhill, well, the brakes were practically useless. To remedy this problem, locals and travelers would stop before descending to cut down timber. The log(s) would then be tied to the back of the wagon to slow it on the downhill journey. Sometimes the log(s) would get hung up and cause all kinds of problems, making this two to three-day trip quite treacherous. These problem often elicited a cry of “Lord ‘a mercy.” Which earned the are the nickname of Lordamercy!
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Population of 23, 000 (2016)
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 43.558′ N, 83° 50.389′ W. Marker is near Helen, Georgia, in Union County. Marker is on Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway (Georgia Route 348), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helen GA 30545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blood Mountain (approx. 4˝ miles away); Byron Herbert Reece (approx. 5˝ miles away); The Unicoi Turnpike (approx. 7.9 miles away); Nacoochee Indian Mound (approx. 8 miles away); Discovery of Gold (approx. 8.1 miles away); Nacoochee Valley (approx. 8˝ miles away); Early Trading Post (approx. 8.6 miles away); Bishop Marvin A. Franklin (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helen.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 23, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. 2. submitted on September 24, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. 3. submitted on September 23, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.