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Re: Does anyone know location of Sand Mountain in Ga.
Posted by: Mickey Goodson (ID *****7181) Date: August 16, 2007 at 18:58:22
In Reply to: Does anyone know location of Sand Mountain in Ga. by Rebecca Smith of 608

Rebecca,
Yes, there are at least three possible areas in NW Georgia you can find the "Sand Mountain" designation. But first, let me share what I think is one of the really neat websites for genealogical research, the "geonames" look-up site maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (the official U.S. gov't mapping agency). They have an online database of EVERY place name (including geological features and even cemeteries) anywhere in the U.S. Here's the link:

http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq

Not only will the site tell you where things are located, it also gives you several options for mapping the location, and will provide GPS coordinates which could help if you are trying to drive to some "off-the-beaten-path" site, like a backwoods cemetery.

Now, for the Sand Mountain options:

The first, of course, is the "Sand Mountain" that many of us know running northeast of Gadsden, AL into the Nickajack Lake and Raccoon Mtn area west of Chattanooga, TN. As it turns out, that is the range immediately west of Trenton, GA, so runs through the NW corner of GA in Dade Co. As you head west out of Trenton on Hwy 136, you'll be climbing Sand Mtn, and within 5-6 miles or so will cross over into NE Alabama.

Also, there is a single peak (elevation 1340') named "Sand Mountain" just NE of Ringold, GA in Catoosa County. This one is not too far from the original land grant of my earliest Goodson ancestor in NW GA.

But since you have coupled your "Sand Mtn" request with one for "Armuchee", I suspect you are really looking for "Little Sand Mtn," which runs up the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest, primarily in Chattooga County, but perhaps extending into the southern portion of Walker. If you have a topo map, you can see it just southeast of Subligna. It is surrounded by Arcmuchee Creek (to the east) and Little Armuchee Creek (to the west). The southern tip of "Little Sand Mtn" appears to be just north of US 27, a mile or so northwest of the town of Arcmuchee, GA (at the top of Floyd Co). Of course, the settlement of "Little Armuchee" is just a few miles north, in the southern end of Walker, Co.

So if you are looking for a site that you know is in Walker Co, and which has designations of "West Armuchee District" as well as "Sand Mtn," I'm guessing it's narrowed down to an area of just a few square miles in southern Walker Co, south of Hwy 136, and probably east of Hwy 151.

Looking at this on a topo map (where you can see the "ridge/valley" topography of NW Ga) may help this to make more sense. And be sure to check out the various options for "Armuchee" in GA at the GSIS geonames site. You can see a topo map view for each one there if you want.

Best wishes,
Mickey


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