Atlanta Beltline Tour Group

Atlanta Beltline Tour Group

December, 2022

This Week's Tour...

...met at 9:00AM Saturday on the Beltline Eastside Trail near Parish (R.I.P...soon to reopen as "Painted Park"!). We walked for 1 1/2 hours, covering 1 mile of the Beltline, ending at Ponce City Market.

"The Tourists"...
Three hardy locals on a cold winter day!

Thanks for a great tour!

Map of the week...
..Atlanta Rail Lines!

From the Beltline bridge over North Ave, we looked towards the southwest to the Georgia Pacific building, and just a block south of that, about 2 1/2 miles away, is Underground Atlanta and the original location of the "Zero Mile Post", the marker placed in 1837 that brought all the trains to the "yard". This modern day map shows what is left that still runs through the ATL.

Tree of the week...
...singling out one of the hundreds of specimens from the dozens of collections along the arboretum.

The Georgia oak may not be our state tree, but it is 100% Georgia (well, maybe 90%);

"The Georgia oak is native to the southeastern United States, mainly in northern Georgia, but with additional populations in Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina.[4] It grows on dry granite and sandstone outcrops of slopes of hills at 50–500 m (160–1,640 ft) altitude.[5][2]

The tree was first discovered in 1849 at Stone Mountain, Georgia, where several stands of pure specimens grow along the popular walk-up trail at around 400 m (1,300 ft), near the large chestnut oak in the middle of the trail and before the rest pavilion halfway up the trail.[6] Georgia oaks are also found at nearby monadnocks, including Panola Mountain and Arabia Mountain in Georgia."

Georgia oak

"Stump" of the week...
...featuring a question raised during the tour that Jeff couldn't answer.

Q: Why can't Neighbor Jeff update his blog on time?

A: Cuz he's a huge slacker! He'll do better next time!

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