Near Pine Mountain in Harris County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
This Was His Georgia
Franklin D. Roosevelt was a frequent visitor (41 trips) to Warm Springs from 1924-1945. Dowdell’s Knob was one of his favorite spots for both quiet contemplation and picnics. F.D.R. visited this spot overlooking Pine Mountain Valley as a private citizen, as governor of New York and as 32nd president of the U.S.
He wanted more people to visit the area and urged the building of the scenic highway across Pine Mt. and the construction of the spur here (1937).
President Roosevelt had the grill built to help him enjoy picnics in his more formal style. He preferred linen-draped tables with hot dishes served from silver. In place of a blanket he preferred to sit on a chair or on an automobile seat placed on the ground.
F.D.R. came here to contemplate the upcoming founding of the United Nations and the Americans dying on Okinawa and in Germany during his final trip to Warm Springs, April, 1945.
Erected 1984 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 072-7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Georgia Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1945.
Location. 32° 50.421′ N, 84° 44.717′ W. Marker is near Pine Mountain, Georgia, in Harris County. Marker is on Dowdell Knob Road, 1.3 miles south of Georgia Route 190, in the median. Dowdell's Knob is part of the F. D. Roosevelt State Park. The intersection with the road to the Knob is well marked, and the gated road is typically open only during daylight hours. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pine Mountain GA 31822, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franklin D. Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); Dowdell's Knob (approx. 1.3 miles away); Longleaf Pine Planting (approx. 2.6 miles away); Roosevelt Farm (approx. 2.7 miles away); Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Bridge (approx. 3.7 miles away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Little White House (approx. 4½ miles away); Warm Springs Treatment Pools (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pine Mountain.
More about this marker. The marker replaced an earlier marker with a similar title but substantially different text. That marker was erected in 1957 by the Georgia Historical Commission, and was located near this marker. The text of the original marker (see picture below) read,
During the 21 years (1924–1945) in which he was a constant visitor to Warm Springs, GA.,
One of his last days was marked by a visit here in the glad April, for quiet contemplation and reverie — as weary Pilgrims of old came to the Delectable Mountains.
Related marker. another marker that is related to this marker. The old marker which stood at this location.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,370 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 28, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 11. submitted on June 28, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.