Well, That Was Weird
Georgia Animals
Here are a few weird and wonderful animals found in Georgia. In Georgia, we love our animals. In some cases, the bigger the better.

What's Up, Doc?

Nothing says, "I love hasenpfeffer" like a 20' bunny statue. Rabbittown, Georgia, is the home of this friendly hare who waves at the motorists passing by on Old Cornelia Highway. This Southern cousin of Bugs Bunny hopped up on his perch in 1993. At Easter time, he often sports a giant basket. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he proudly held an Olympic torch.

I Love A Good Story!

In 2003, artist Bill Sunderland created this sculpture from a 22-ton piece of marble and donated it to Pickens County. The statue, titled "Learning is Fun," shows a young boy reading to 11 intrigued animals. This great work of art is on view in front of the Pickens County Courthouse in Jasper, Georgia.

Roy Rogers and Trigger Come to Buford!

Buford, Georgia, was the home of The Bona Allen Tannery Company. It was known as "Leather City," and during Hollywood's golden age of Westerns, it was one of the leading suppliers of leather boots, saddles, and other accessories.

Roy Rogers and Gene Autry brought their horses to Buford by railcar to have them personally fitted for saddles. The crew from the TV series Bonanza also had custom-made saddles from Buford.

In 2006, a statue depicting Roy Rogers, Trigger, and saddle maker Jack Johnson was unveiled across the street of the Tannery Row building in Buford. The statue was created by artist Vic McCallum, and is titled "American Made."

Uh, Thanks, I Think

Beware of gifts from foreign dictators. In 1929, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini presented a replica of the famous statue, "Capitoline Wolf," to the city of Rome, Georgia.

The statue features Romulus and Remus and the she-wolf who rescued them. Since naked babies nursing from a wolf isn't something you see every day, many people were offended by statue. However, city fathers did not remove the statue until 1940 when Italy declared war on the Allies. It remained hidden away until 1952. It stands today on its pedestal in front of the Rome, Georgia, City Hall.

We Let The Dawgs Out

In the tradition of Cow Parade and Trail of The Painted Ponies, the city of Athens, Georgia, presents 3 dozen bull-dawgs standing guard in and about the city. Since Athens is the home of the University of Georgia's Bulldogs, these dawgs were the perfect choice for the artists' canvas. The link above gives a map to the location of each one of these "cute" pups.

The Storyteller of Buckhead

In the Buckhead Community of Atlanta, the Buck Man (who is officially named The Story Teller) can be found sitting on a log in a small park. With a small bunny by his side, the half-man, half-buck creature tells the history of Buckhead to a gathering of dogs and turtles. Apparently, the turtles are not enjoying the lesson for they are spewing water from their mouths. (Everyone's a critic.) However, the dogs seem entranced by his story.

Atlanta is the home of the world's largest aquarium, so it's only natural that it is also where you'll find the largest fish sculpture in the world.

In Buckhead, a 65-foot copper salmon towers over the Atlanta Fish Market restaurant. (There is no connection between the aquarium and the restaurant; just a happy coincidence that they are both here.)

The One That Got Away

The Pig Hill of Fame

In the little hamlet of Ellijay, there is a world famous hill where hundreds of pigs of every size, shape, and pigment gather.

These perky porkers have become the darlings of politicians in search of an unusual photo-op. But don't be disgruntled if politics aren't your thing. Poole's has fans all over the world who squeal with delight over their BBQ.

Once Upon A Time...

Once upon a time, brave St. George went to battle with a mighty dragon. The dragon, made of chrome bumpers and soup spoons, among other metallic items, had a wing span of 23 feet.

For years, the knight and the dragon engaged in combat on Terrell Mill Road in Cobb County.

Alas, St. George and the Dragon had disappeared by 2005, their final battle story never told. We bid them a fond farewell, wherever they may be.

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