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The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the amenities at Fort Mountain State Park, including trails, picnic shelters and the stone fire tower pictured above. In honor of the park’s 75th anniversary, photos taken on park grounds since its construction are being collected for a slide show. (Photo by Whitney Crouch)
 
Fort Mountain park issues photo call for 75th birthday celebration

by Whitney Crouch
wcrouch@timescourier.com

Fort Mountain State Park will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this summer. 
Located atop its namesake mountain 18 miles west of Ellijay in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the park features a mysterious 855-foot-long rock wall, which is believed to have been constructed for fortification or ceremonial purposes by Native Americans. 
Since its dedication in 1938, Fort Mountain State Park has welcomed individuals from across north Georgia and throughout the world. In 2010, the recreation area attracted almost 130,000 visitors, according to the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. 

As part of the preparations for this year’s upcoming 75th anniversary celebration, park officials are looking for photo submissions of the park throughout the years.  
“If you or your family has pictures of fond memories of the park from its construction up until today, please share them with us,” read a recent post on the Friends of Fort Mountain State Park Facebook page. “We would like to make a slide show and some poster boards of the park through the years for our Fort Mountain State Park birthday party.” 
To submit photos, stop by the park office or send an email to Ft_Mountain.Park@dnr.state.ga.us
Hard copies of photos can also be taken to the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce office, located at 696 First Avenue in East Ellijay. Chamber staff members will scan the pictures and email the digital images to the park, thus allowing individuals to keep the original copies of their photos.  
For more information about Fort Mountain State Park, visit www.gastateparks.org/FortMountain.


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