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25) Stephen Harrell 
Marietta GA
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11-3-2017 15:30 Write a comment


I'm interested in buying 3 high-resolution prints of the Old Paper Mill Ruins from your website. I still need to pick which 3 but wanted to check on how much you charge per picture.

Thanks - SDH

Bruce 11-6-2017 16:12
Stephen, See my email to you.
24) Tony 
LaFayette, Ga
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10-27-2017 19:31 Write a comment

Could you tell me where you took the ore loading shuts pictures in Estelle Mining Co. My Great Grandfather Willam Watts is the one who built the forms for these concrete structures?

Bruce 10-28-2017 13:19
Tony, I will email you.
23) Michele Kreiss 
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8-7-2017 09:39 Write a comment

Good morning
In 2007 you took some wonderful photos at at lodge in North Carolina. In the photos there are frog sculptures. We are trying to locate the artist who made those. We have a piece from that artist we purchased many years ago that needs repair and lost the artist's info. Do you have any additional info on those frogs or how to contact the property where you took the photos?

Bruce 8-7-2017 10:24
Michele, thanks for the compliment and the follow-up email. Glad that you found the artist! -Bruce
22) Tommy 
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7-17-2017 13:03 Write a comment

First, let me say you have a wonderful site. I've been to many of the same places you've visited.
I've been recording rock art sites in Georgia for many years, including giving presentations at the Archaeological Society of America, the Southeastern Archaeological Society, the Society for Georgia Archaeology, the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, and numerous historical societies. I now have over 300 petroglyph, pictograph, and stone pile sites recorded.
I knew John Sissell (retired in 2005) who was the park ranger at Kennesaw Mountain for 12 years. He showed me numerous sites around the area that he believed are prehistoric. The site you show with the soapstone bowl stem and the cupule was on our list, but we never quite made it there. I would really appreciate letting me know where that site is located. Of course, I can also help you with any sites you are looking for. I have a map I can send you of North Georgia, with site info you might find interesting.
Thanks so much for your time.
Tommy Hudson

Bruce 7-17-2017 16:42
Hi Tommy, Thanks for the comments about our website. I will send you an email in the next day or two. - Bruce
21) Brandon westerman 
Powder springs georgia
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2-14-2017 20:30 Write a comment

Hey Bruce sorry to bother you again but I am really interested in the furnaces you have found. I would really like to find and take some pictures for my collection. Thank you!

Bruce 7-17-2017 16:48
Brandon, I sent you an email. - Cheers, Bruce
20) Bernie Boyer 
Johns Creek, Georgia
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1-2-2017 14:02 Write a comment

Thank you for your recent comments on my Smugmug site. You are correct about the bushwhack up the Left Fork of the Soquee! Particularly, during the foliage "season". There is a lot more above the second waterfall but I have never gotten up there.
Take a look at my hike to the Chinquapin Branch. Very isolated but not nearly as much underbrush.
I looked at your photos and, as always, you are an artist in capturing the scene. So far, I have managed to maintain my independence from Facebook. All my waterfall friends in NC have accounts so they keep me informed of stuff I might be interested (in).
Congratulations on your new home in the mountains! I know you will treasure every day; as we did. However, you do have to watch out for the traffic jams around Ingles on Friday afternoons!

PS: I talked to the lady at "Mark of The Potter about pronunciation of Soquee. She said it was "So-qwee". Long 'o' and long 'e' with emphasis on the last syllable. Even local people often disagree on pronunciation?
19) Frank 
Pittsburgh area, Pennsylvania
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8-19-2016 18:34 Write a comment

Hi, first passion is rock and mineral collecting...see my page on the MinDat website.

Second passion is locating the old stone iron furnaces in western Pa. ....see my article #22.

Through the 1700's and into the 1800's iron production here was staggering. At one time Pa. lead the USA in iron production. Many many many old stone furnace remains are scattered about in all stages of decay. Some of the furnaces are in preservation parks. Others are in the wild, lost and forgotten to history. Some are so overgrown standing next to one you can not see the rock or workmanship that went in to it's construction. It makes you wonder why a furnace was built where it was.....in the middle of no-where.

You have photographed some of the furnace remains of Georgia.

My reason for contacting you:

Planning next years trip......you guessed it....to Georgia. Want to pan for gold in the northern part of the state up around Helen and Dohlonega and to visit Graves Mountain for rock collecting.

When on collecting trips (I am a private collector, not a dealer nor do I sell specimens) I try to locate info for any iron furnaces where I may be. Have a beautiful photo collection of these old timers.

Would you be able to give me directions to the furnaces you photographed, GPS coordinates are even better? The Internet is lacking the info I seek.

Had to shorten my message.

Would you reply for a chat?

Thank you


Bruce 8-19-2016 22:35
Hi Frank, Thanks for the comments. I sent you an email and will get back to you with more details soon.
18) Laura Wood 
Rome, Ga
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8-2-2016 14:06 Write a comment

I publish a premium lifestyle magazine called NW Georgia Living. In our Fall issue, we have a featured adventure article about Crockford-Pigeon Mountain and I ran across some of your amazing photos. We would love to publish some like your Champagne Glass and Ellison's Cave Blue Hole. Would you send me an email?


Bruce 8-2-2016 23:27
Thanks Laura, I sent you an email...
17) Trent Clayton 
Atlanta, GA
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7-26-2016 21:00 Write a comment

I'm with the Peach State Archaeological Society. I am researching Soapstone Ridge and stumbled across your website. I would like to visit one of the many quarry locales but not sure where they are located. Any help would be appreciated. I enjoy your photography.

-Trent Clayton
contacttrentclayton (at) gmail.com

Bruce 7-26-2016 23:16
Hi Trent, I'll send you an email tomorrow.
16) Jeffrey Wright 
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7-2-2016 07:59 Write a comment

I came across the photos of the Polk Slate Quarry Railroad photos. I know of two other sites in the area that has remnants of the road, one is about to be destroyed by development.
Could you contact me, I would like to know where the stone culvert is located and if you would be willing to photograph for posterity, the site about to be destroyed.

Bruce 7-3-2016 19:34
Hi Jeffrey, thanks for the input! I sent you an email.
15) Bernie Boyer 
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6-25-2016 20:59 Write a comment

Thank you for taking a look at my Smugmug site. As you can tell, my passion is waterfalls; particularly off trail or undocumented. For me, photography is still a hobby and I consider myself a "documentarian". If I get there, I shoot it. Sometimes I get lucky and get a good photo. I recently moved to Johns Creek, near Atlanta, from North Carolina and am still finding my way around the ridges and gaps in Georgia. I notice your new home in the mountains is nearing completion. My wife and I had a home at 3400 feet near Lake Toxaway in Transylvania County NC for 14 years so we know how excited you must be.

Bruce 6-25-2016 23:59
Hi Bernie, and thanks for the comments! I have often seen your name over the years in books, magazines, and online, and recognized you as a legend in the world of waterfall explorations. I too consider myself foremost a documentarian, as our website initially blossomed from my love of exploring for old ruins, iron furnaces & kilns, and other local historical subjects. I have just begun to peruse your website, and am finding your waterfall hike info to be a tremendous resource for future hikes. It looks like we're moving in opposite directions - while we love our current home, we have dealt with the population and traffic here for our entire adult lives and it's time to get away.
14) Lee Star 
Atlanta, GA
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I found your great site by accident when I was searching to find out what the ruins we came across were. Pretty sure it was the remains of the Howard Cement Company Kiln. It's not overgrown anymore, looks like they've been clearing the land. I hope they won't tear down the rest of it! We talked to the owners of the private property next to it, and even they didn't know what it was. Very neat.

Bruce 4-24-2016 22:31
Thanks Leah! I had heard that the site was under new ownership and that they had cleared around the ruins. Back a few years ago, the Society for Georgia Archaeology had met with the former owner and Bartow historian JB Tate about clearing it, but nothing ever came of it. What a difference in your FB pic! I never would have recognized the place!
13) nathan evans 
woodstock ga
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4-7-2016 09:42 Write a comment

Hi. I just wanted to alert you that there is a furnace up Shoal Creek which is on the Etowah River just north of Lake Allatoona. Specifically it is a little over a mile up Shoal Creek on the lefthand side as you go upriver. Shoal Creek is about 2 miles north of the Highway 20 bridge on the left. I have pictures i can email, and a screen shot of the GPS location. One side is partially collapsed and the 2 pipes are visible, but you can walk in the middle and the inside is perfect, also no visible mortar or cement.

I didn't see it on your pages but may have missed it.

Bruce 4-7-2016 15:41
Nathan, that sounds like the Donaldson Furnace. I have been there; the page URL is: http://www.be-roberts.com/se/ruins/donal/donal.htm .
Thanks for thinking of me! Let me know of any other places you come across; I know there are more I haven't seen. The commenter before you mentioned a potential one, but he never responded to my email reply.
12) Brandon 
woodstock, ga
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3-16-2016 22:57 Write a comment

Thank you for sharing all your photos and information on the many historic sites in our area that are sadly disappearing by the day. I want to suggest to you a possible new historical site that you may find of interest... In canton, in the new neighborhood "Bridge Mill" there is a wooded area back there that holds an extremely old stone base of an undoubtedly antebellum structure.

Bruce 3-17-2016 15:24
Thanks Brandon! I sent you an email...
Tifton, Georgia
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3-12-2016 15:12 Write a comment

Hello - I have really enjoyed your site & thanks for your work to salvage these historic beginnings in such wonderful photos. That is the reason for my message.
Is it possible for me to purchase the photos of the Burge / Lowry (Lowery) mill & bridge? Danile Lowery is my 3rd great grandfather.
Presently I am putting together a sketch of the Lowry (Lowery) family of Euharlee. I would like to include your photos giving you credit, of course, how I would love to make the nostalgic trip back to my roots & make my own pictures but that is not possible. One of Daniel Lowery's sons was Joseph G. Lowery who became the "Village Blacksmith" as did Joseph's son, Jim Lowery.
Mollie Lowery, daughter of Joseph & sister to Jim, married Elihu G. Nelson. They are my great grandparents.Elihu G. plunged to his death when the former bridge collapsed in 1871. And so on.Thank you for any consideration that you might bestow. Ann C. Davis

Bruce 3-14-2016 18:52
Hi Ann, Thanks for the feedback! I sent you an email reply.
10) Woogeroo 
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2-27-2016 12:28 Write a comment


I took a few snap shots of the Euharlee, Georgia bridge. They have cleared out the over growth around the foundation ruins of the mill, not sure what they are planning to do with it.

Bruce 2-27-2016 13:48
Wow, looks like they have also done a lot of new stonework on the walls! And cleared the underbrush from the ruins across the creek. Maybe they are actually fixing to build the reconstructed mill building that I showed plans for at the bottom of my webpage. Thanks!
9) Melissa Evans 
Paulding, Ga
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11-7-2015 14:07 Write a comment

Hello! I've really enjoyed looking thru your photos! I actually live in Paulding County and love exploring the area. I was wondering how to get to the pumpkin vine gorge/waterfalls? Is there a trail? Also Collins Mountain? Is this somewhere anyone can visit? Any other tips for a person exploring this area? I noticed you went to Rocktown, have you ever been to the Rock Village in alabama? It's def worth the trip. Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon!

Bruce 11-7-2015 16:24
Melissa, thanks for the comments! I'll send you an email in the next day or so about those sites.
8) Charlie Parmelee 
Marietta, GA
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7-20-2015 14:27 Write a comment

I too have an interest in historical 19th century ruins. Over a period of years I have found most of the iron furnaces around Lake Allatoona, including the Etowah furnace which is submerged deep below the surface of the lake. I have looked for the Bear Mountain furnace - which is described as being on the headwaters of Stamp Creek. I don't think the Diamond Furnace is the Bear Mountain furnace. The post of Michael Lance made here indicates he found a furnace "a ways up the creek" from the Union/Ford furnace. That is an area I have searched - but only about the first mile or so. That may be less than "a ways". The Diamond furnace is certainly NOT upstream from the Union furnace. I would be very interested in any additional info Mr. Lance could provide about the furnace he found upstream from the Union furnace.

Bruce 7-20-2015 23:37
Charlie, yeah, that whole series of furnaces has been confusing. When I first posted those on our website several years ago, I originally had several labeled incorrectly, based in part on earlier IDs by folks. It has taken a lot of research, with intensive examination of deeds and other records by Vicki Crowe at Bartow Ancestors, to sort these out, and it's still a work in progress. BTW, she told me recently she has uncovered new info on the Diamond furnace while researching her book on John Lewis. I've covered a good deal of upper Stamp Creek, up past the waterfalls, and not seen any sign of other furnaces, although I was looking for other things at the time.
7) Michael Lance 
Central Virginia
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Really enjoyed your pictures of the furnaces in Bartow County, GA. I grew up there near Stamp Creek and it was always exciting to be tramping through the woods and come upon one of the furnaces. The Union Furnace is in much worse shape than I remember it (I think it is the one near the bridge on Stamp Creek Road.). The last time I saw it was probably in 1979 or 1980. I remember another one a ways up the creek from there - must be the Guthrie Creek one. A friend and I ran across it on hike up the creek, probably onto Dick Brown's place. We would always come across various rock piles (walls, bridges, dams, etc.) and wonder at what had been there before. When I grew up there in the 60s and 70s, the area was sparsely populated.

Thanks for the memories!

Bruce 5-12-2015 18:24
Michael, that whole Stamp Creek area is a great place for exploring. I find something new every time I'm in there. If you didn't already see it, I have another series of pages on Pine Log WMA which covers that area. Also a page on the Jones Factory ruins on Stamp Creek.
6) Paulette Snoby RN 
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4-7-2015 11:15 Write a comment

I am publishing a book on Roswell's founding. I give poweroint presentations about the old south. I will be putting together ones based on my book for this fall. Would you allow me to use your ;pics I found on your website and give you a lot of free advertising? I will not put them in any printed material. My book is at the printers now and will not have anyone's pics but my own. 404-328-8808 psnboy@att.net

Bruce 4-8-2015 23:14
Paulette, I sent you an email.
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