Over the past 45 years or so I have had the opportunity to visit the state of Georgia on numerous occasions. On my first visit, I saw the many small towns that thrived, the numerous cotton mills and fabric factories that churned out clothing that you could purchase at factory outlets. The many fine homes that lined the streets. The locally owned stores that were busy from dawn to dusk. Today, all that has changed.
A visitor today would find vacant stores, dilapidated mills, abandoned homes. Railway stations sit idle because the trains stopped coming there. The reasons for this demise are many....companies moved operations overseas. railways had nothing to transport so quit running, people became unemployed, and stores closed.....it is a sickness that fell upon many small towns in America, notably in the south and midwest. While some small towns continue to thrive, many, if not already dead, are slowly dying.
Over the past few years I have been chronicling the demise with photographs. This portfolio is the result...I entitled it "The Vanishing South."