What A Difference!

What A Difference!

I have been steadily working to de-clutter my house and while going through old photos, found this one I took several years ago of the sad appearance at what was once a Bill’s dollar store at the corner of Broad and McDougald. (Remember Bill’s and when we used to have film developed?) This is across the street from the Chipley Historical Center, their caboose and gazebo, a nice gathering place for visitors.
The photograph makes a perfect “before” view of a project that was imagined and implemented by one of our local talented artists, who along with several volunteers, created the colorful, fun mural shown in the second image.
A little background: Built along the Columbus and Rome Railroad, Chipley, known now as Pine Mountain, was named for W.D. Chipley, a partner in its development. He was the son of one of the first physicians in Columbus, Ga. As the railroad progressed north, so did the settlement. The engine in the middle was the “Man O’War” which pulled a passenger train from Columbus to Atlanta. I remember stories of the ladies taking the train to Atlanta in the morning, shopping at Rich’s downtown and returning that afternoon. What fun that must have been! The tracks are gone now, but soon there will be the “Man O War” walking and biking trail where once rolled these great engines.
There is a “trick” to viewing this mural, thanks to the clever artist. Local guides are frequently spotted showing visitors that while walking from one end to the other, one is “followed” by the “faces” of the engines. Try it!
This mural joins two others around town that have been beautifully restored. All three reflect Pine Mountain’s rich history. “Talk is” that another mural on Main Street is to be restored! I can’t wait to see it!
Train Wall-Before Pic Train-After-Pic