Top 5 Missing From Macon
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 our gatekeepers have a list for that! Here are a few things missing 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. Macon Whoopee
While they were an average hockey team their name alone brought a lot of attention to Macon, Ga. Columnist Ed Grisamore once said Johnny Carson mentioned the Whoopees on The Tonight Show and, before he was walking on the thin ice of Watergate, President Richard Nixon owned a Whoopees T-shirt. Bill Clinton was also given a Macon Whoopee jersey when he visited Macon in 1996. The Whoopee first came to Macon in the 70's and then again in 1996 and wrapped up their stay here in 2002.
2. The old Welcome Sign off I-75
It was not the most artistic welcome sign ever created, but since the early 1990’s the poured concert message on I-75 southbound was a familiar sight to many highway travelers. It has since been removed, but still remains a unique missing item from Macon, GA. But don’t worry, the new Welcome to Macon sign in downtown Macon is a HUGE improvement. No really, its HUGE! The new Welcome to Macon sign is 6 stories high, and hangs on the side of the Sierra Development Group building on Cherry Street.
3. The Jesus Cares Sign
Sitting atop of the Macon Rescue Mission were the jumbo sized letters spelling out the message for all to see that "Jesus Cares". The sign was even equipped with lights so that through the long dark nights those without hope would know that Jesus Cares. Being a longtime resident of Macon, that sign was one of those iconic symbols of Downtown Macon I can never forget. When the rescue mission was moved to a new location the sign went dark and was removed from the building.
4. The Douglass House
Built in 1904, The Douglass House was the home of one of Macon’s most prominent African American businessmen. Charles Henry Douglass was born in 1870 in Macon, Georgia. He was a leading businessman in his time and continues to be remembered today for his contributions to the African American community through his historical Douglass Theatre. After a heated battle to preserve this historic property, the home was demolished in November 2014.
5. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation had been a staple in the Macon-Bibb County economy since 1977. At its peak in 1997, the Brown & Williamson cigarette plant in Macon made 130 billion cigarettes a year and employed 3,000 people. The company decided to close the Macon plant in 2003, resulting in the loss of Bibb County’s biggest payroll. Though many felt that this would devastate the community, the economic impact of the plant closure was not felt as harshly as was feared. Due to the opening and relocation of numerous other businesses in the Macon area, the impact of losing one of Macon’s largest employers was reduced.