Like most of the other sites, the Ladds Mountain Observatory became gravel!
In 1860, every mountain in what is now Metro Atlanta had an ancient stone structure on it. Most were simple circles of boulders, identical to their counterparts in Bronze Age Ireland, Scotland and Scandinavia. However, the stone structures on Ladds Mountain, near the Etowah River, and on Kennesaw Mountain were much more sophisticated. The structures on Kennesaw and Lost Mountains were converted into artillery fortifications. Stone Mountain’s stone rings became the foundation for a monument in the 1890s. However, ALL of the other stone structures became gravel for constructing state highways in the mid-20th century. The greatest lost was on Ladds Mountain near Cartersville. There was nothing like it elsewhere in North America. It would have become a major tourist attraction, when the State of Georgia established Etowah Mountains State Historic Site in 1954. To learn more about the Ladds Mountain Observatory, go to: https://apalacheresearch.com/2019/06/23/ladds-mountain-stone-observatory/
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