Lunch & Learn
DeKalb History Center
- Date: 07/18/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Early Infrastructure: The Roads, Ferries and Bridges that shaped DeKalb and Fulton Counties
DECATUR – The DeKalb History Center’s July Lunch and Learn will be presented by Dr. G. Michael Pratt on Early Infrastructure: The Roads, Ferries and Bridges that shaped DeKalb and Fulton Counties.
Early roads were influenced by the locations of ferries across the Chattahoochee River. From its formation in 1822, development would follow major crossings already established on the river. The DHC July Lunch and Learn will show how these crossings influenced road development – first to Decatur and then to Atlanta and Decatur. As the county’s population and commerce grew, additional ferries were started, then eventually replaced by bridges. By 1853 the western half of DeKalb County would be utilized for the creation of Fulton County.
Dr. G. Michael Pratt is retired from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, where he was: Associate Provost, Dean, Professor of Anthropology and Affiliate Professor of Forensic Science. Dr. Pratt conducted the research for this Lunch and Learn as a volunteer researcher with DHC’s Archives.
Free! Bring your lunch.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur GA 30030, Second Floor, Superior Courtroom
Photo: A covered bridge on Highway 155 over the Yellow River, date unknown. From the DeKalb History Center’s Guy Hayes Photograph Collection.