I made this aerial photograph on a recent trip with veteran pilot Frank Lee and photographer Mike McCall.
Abandoned by Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in the 1980s, the trestle/swing bridge seen here dates to the days of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and in the heyday of passenger trains, carried the Orange Blossom Special and other legendary passenger cars. It’s the most prominent landmark at the Altamaha River Park.
The bridge is also a popular landmark for boaters traveling down the Altamaha to the coast.
The store pictured here is presently closed, but native daughter Reverend Emma Gale notes that it was well-known for years as Ms. Lottie’s General Store. Today, the real action is just down the road at the Altamaha River Park, which supports a small general store of its own. The fish camp located at the park remains one of the largest and busiest in existence, and the ruins of the mechanical railroad trestle, as well as a nature boardwalk make it a great place to experience the river.