Top 5 Hidden in Plain Sight
Have you ever driven past a vacant building and wondered “What did that used to be?” Or if you have not visited Macon in a while and you wonder what happened to that icon you remember? Well we have a have a list for that! Here are a few places in Macon that might answer that question. Please let us know some of the places, things or icons you remember in Macon that have vanished over time.
1. bond street location marker
Corner of College Street and Bond Street
Macon, Georgia 31201
In certain parts of the city, concrete posts with street names etched into them take you back to another time. Most have concrete street posts have been replaced with reflective horizontal street signs, but some still remain scattered about the city. Somewhat surprisingly, little is known about the origins of these posts. But we do know, different from hitching posts seen in the yards of some historical homes — these cement posts were possibly used in Victorian days to tie up a horse during a house visit — these slender posts stand on street corners bearing the name of routes they connect. One particular street post on the corner of College Street and Bond Street was installed incorrectly with an upside down "D."
2. MAGIC MUSHROOM SIDEWALK CARVING
309 College Street
Macon, Georgia 31201
The seventies was the decade that the mushroom became established as a central visual icon of the counterculture. The magic mushroom is a sort of unofficial logo for the Allman Brothers Band and its members, past and present. The Allman Brothers Band dug the magic mushroom logo and its been part of the scene ever since. Most of their albums, t-shirt and on-stage artwork contains some design of a magic mushroom on it. Band Members or dedicated fans left their personal illustration of a shroom on a concrete sidewalk located in front 309 College Street; where the band first lived in 1969 after moving from Jacksonville, Florida.
3. the grotto
400 Block of Forrest Hill Road
Macon, Georgia 31204
Photo Credit: Tim Larsen
"Built by the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) of St. Stanislaus College, which was a Catholic institution devoted to training for the priesthood. That college was destroyed by fire in 1921, and after attempts to raise enough money to rebuild it failed, the site was repurposed into a residential neighborhood—named Stanislaus—which remains to this day. The Macon grotto was built as a shrine to Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes and is one of countless reproductions around the world of the original grotto located near Lourdes, France. The grotto at Lourdes consists of 3 unequally sized openings: (1) a large entrance at center, (2) a smaller cavity to the left, and (3) a niche positioned above and to the right. The niche contains a statue of the Virgin Mary and is purportedly the spot where her apparition appeared to Bernadette in 1858." - Tim Larsen
For more information about this location, and a fantastic photo-tour of the location, check out The Grotto by Tim Larsen.
4. Columbus Road tree house
3079 Columbus Road
Macon, Georgia 31206
Located between Bailey and Berkner Avenues, behind what use to be a church that was converted into a wing shack, this tree house like structure was built to serve as a Prayer Temple. This Prayer Temple was never occupied because soon after it was built, the City of Macon condemned it in 1990. The City of Macon felt the structure was unsafe and unfit for its intended purpose. Since 1990, this area of Macon has been affected by snow, flooding and even a tornado and the Prayer Temple is still standing today.
5. historic baconsfield park pool
100 Block of Emery Highway
Macon, Georgia 31201
Located in more than one hundred (100) acres of country in the city, Baconsfield Park was opened in 1920. The park contained various athletic facilities, numerous flowers, trees and even a zoo. There was a bamboo thicket, a wading pool, and a water fountain. In 1947, Mayor Charles Bowden was requested by the Baconsfield Park board of managers to appoint a city council committee to work with the board on selecting the location for the municipal pool. The board of managers offered the city a location in Baconsfield Park and the municipal pool was constructed and opened just in time for summer in 1948. 16 years later the pool's lease agreement was terminated because the mandates of Bacon’s wishes and will were not met. The park and the pool was closed and the property was sold to the benefit of the Bacon heirs.