July 23rd, 2008


Sibley Mill

Note: This is an -active- site. While the mill is not active, the hydroelectric power plant is. There is security and they do patrol. You have a high chance of being arrested while going here. I know a guy and received permission. I -highly- recommend against trespass. I'm only posting the name because google is easy.

Sibley Mill and Confederate Powder Works Chimney
Rebecca Rogers
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Photo credit historic Augusta

At the beginning of the Civil War gunpowder supplies for the Confederate armies were insufficient. In 1861 Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, charged Colonel George Washington Rains with solving this issue by creating a local supply of gunpowder. Rains chose the flat lands by the Augusta Canal as the most suitable site for making the much needed gunpowder. He named Major Charles Shaler Smith as architect to design the Confederate Powder Works.

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The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman

Some of you will love this book, The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. It describes in detail how many places on Earth would decay and fall to ruin if humans were to suddenly disappear: the Panama Canal, various other dams, bridges, and earthworks, suburban homes, skyscrapers, subway tunnels, and more.

I'm reading a chapter now that describes Chernobyl and the surrounding area and it reminded me of y'all. :]