Stone Mtn Echoes: Eagles Home (Aerie) LbNA # 49504
|Owner||Runs for Beer|
|Placed Date||Jul 31 2009|
|Location||Stone Mountain, GA|
On August 7, 2004, letterboxing in Georgia became something more than a little-known hobby. On that day, an article appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The Game's Afoot" featured interviews with Mark and Red's Bunch. On that same day, the first-ever Southeast Gathering was held at Stone Mountain Park.
At the end of that day there were 14 letterboxes inside the gates. Five years later, there are more than 250 active boxes -- THE greatest concentration of letterboxes per acre ANYWHERE.
The Stone Mountain Echoes letterboxes have been planted to commemorate those first 14 boxes, to honor what the pioneers started at Stone Mountain. The locals visit these old haunts regularly on our hikes through the park, as some of the original boxes are still active. And yes, some of those old boxes have been lost forever. Even so, while the locations and trails are much more familiar, those spots still retain a sense of mystique and wonder, as if the amazement some of us felt seeped out of us and became part of the mountain. We hope these new reprointerprecreations can help bring those same feelings to the folks who are just starting out, or who just haven't been there yet.
The original Stone Mountain: Eagles Home letterbox was planted by The Jolly G-Man (and adopted by Mark) on August 11, 2002. It is still active.
Behind Eagles Home – below this weathered point. DEEP in the pine straw.
Daylight clues to follow soon. Happy Anniversary, Georgia letterboxers!