The photographs below were taken in the summer of 1965.
Shot with a Contax IIIa. Other details long forgotten, but the film was Agfachrome, 35 mm positive. Kodachrome positives from those days have held up much better. But Agfachrome could be faster and developed locally. https://www.cameraquest.com/conrf.htm
The sculpture measures 190 ft by 90 ft and is 400 ft above the base.
Recovered these photos from the closet not too long ago. Just takes some time to catalog stuff in moments when everything else is going well. But you can find several, more modern photos if you want to see how things turned out.
My first thoughts, upon seeing them, told me I had to go watch Hitchcock’s North by Northwest again.
Well, those instincts were not too far off base.
The location of the photos above is Stone Mountain, Georgia.
The same fellow that did Mount Rushmore in South Dakota was also involved with Stone Mountain: Gutzon Borglum. Borglum had difficulties completing the project that was being wackily financed and overseen by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Venable family.
The Venable family owned the mountain and was actively involved in the second incarnation of the KKK.
From the rebirth of the KKK in 1915 until well into the 1950’s, the mountain had been a meeting place for their oddities.
The State of Georgia bought the land in 1958 and completed the sculpture in the 1960’s. The three men in the sculpture are Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.
I think I first visited the place in the early 60’s as a kid. Most of the kids in the family would run to the top of the mountain on the day after a Thanksgiving family gathering.
So, although the place is kind of hideous, it has a spot in my physical memory. Also a neat geological feature. Clamors arise from time to time to remove the sculpture, but even if I don’t like it, I don’t see the point of doing even more damage.