Live Trip Map Day 10: January 2, 2009
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He looks good. I knew that he would. But I bet he looks even better without the red sandbags. This statue of James Brown was dedicated in 2005 in his home town of Augusta, Georgia. I recalled reading of the James Brown Cam when I encountered a web reference while writing this but had totally forgotten it while in Augusta. The website says the camera is "experiencing technical difficulties" but I'd have certainly given it a try if my memory had not been "experiencing technical difficulties".

Directly across the street is Augusta Common with a statue at its center that I thought at first might be Rick James. Instead, it turned out to be Augusta founder James Edward Oglethorpe. In the corner dedicated to free speech, speakers have both a stump and a soapbox available. The soapbox is, naturally, from Cincinnati.

In Edgefield, home of Strom Thurmond and nine other governors, a video session was getting started at the court house when I arrived. While I walked around the town square feeling chilly in a sweatshirt, the long-haired interviewee tried to look comfortable with arms bared.

A dozen miles north of Greenville, South Carolina, a short drivable section of Old US 25 provides access to Mush Creek Road.

About five and a half miles further north, an extensive length of Old US 25 leads off through the hills and across the state line. The bridge in the first picture has "1928" cast into its end sections. Old US 25 has lots of curves like the one in the second picture which does explain why there is a "new" US 25. There are plenty of sharper curves, too.

The remaining three photos were are all taken at a stop on the South Carolina-North Carolina state line. The marker is one of eight erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to mark the Dixie Highway and to honor General Lee. There is also a marker at the Tennessee-North Carolina line. I first learned of these markers over Thanksgiving when I came upon the one in Marshall, North Carolina. The others are in Greenville, SC, and Hot Springs, Asheville, Fletcher, and Hendersonville, NC.

The day's big surprise was learning that the Carl Sandburg Home is just a couple of miles off of the route of the Dixie Highway. The Sandburgs moved here in 1945 and Lillian lived here until shortly after Carl's death. Unsure of what was of historic value, Lillian left everything in the house.

Lillian wanted a place to raise her goats. She found this farm then Carl came down from Michigan to check it out. The first picture shows the view that some say convinced Carl to buy the place. Others, including our guide Kathy, say that Carl was ready to OK just about anything that Lillian liked to avoid more trips to look at more houses. The fifth picture is of Carl's work area; his "quiet garret". The last is from the path that leads to the house.

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