"Stone Mountain Memorial State Park" Stone Mountain State Memorial Park by Yaqui

Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock. It rises to 1,686 feet (513 m) elevation and 825 feet (251.5 m) from the ground. If that was not impressive enough, it is also the largest bas relief sculpture in the world of three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson proudly riding on their favorite steeds "Blackjack," "Traveller," and "Old Sorrel,". This carving measures 3 acres (12,000 m2), about the size of three football fields. The carving dimensions of the three men are 400 feet (120 m) above the ground, 90 by 190 feet (58 m), and are recessed 42 feet (13 m) into the mountain.

The carving sprung from the idea in 1912 from Mrs. C. Helen Plane, member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In 1916 Gutzon Borglum was commissioned to do the carving, but was reassigned in 1923 to finish Mount Rushmore. Augustus Lukeman continued until 1928 and sadly it stood unfinished for over thirty years. In 1958 the mountain was purchased by the state from the Venable family and in 1964 Walker Hancock assigned started carving, but once again it was passed on to another, Roy Faulkner. It finally was finished on March 3, 1972.

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  • Last visit to Stone Mountain State Memorial Park: Dec 2005
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  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Such a nice Park, great views, must be fantastic to hike there.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    I have been to Stone Mountain about 3 times, but only once saw the Laser Light Show at night. It was spectacular, very moving, patriotic, and I would go back in a minute!

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Cool pages! :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    What an excellent park to visit with the natural sites and great hikes.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    I love to hike, so it is my kind of place to visit ;-)

  • Zvrlj's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2009 at 2:57 AM

    I have bumped into your Stone Mountain State Memorial Park Page and I have "discovered" the marvelous relief I have never heard about. Thank you :-) V

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Drove by this a couple of times and thought about climbing it but had no idea about the carving. Thanks for showing me exactly what I missed, Dee.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    It really is a magnificent monument to the good Ol' South and its idles. The mountain is one that I would like to climb someday-YOu want to come?

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Friend took us here many, many years ago. You reminded me of an old pal.

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