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Bainbridge uncovers history on downtown streets

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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) – Bainbridge is uncovering its history, one brick at a time.

The city began exposing brick streets that surround its downtown area earlier this month. The brick is nearly 100 years old.

The city of Bainbridge wants everyone to experience a feeling of living history when they're downtown.

"The city has been talking about it for years, about exposing the brick," explains Bainbridge Community Development Director Amanda Glover. "And we always said once we finished phase two of the street project, we would try to expose it."

And that's what they did. One part of Water Street now displays original brick. And it took less time than most people expected.

"They started on a Friday morning around 8 am and by lunch time they were done."

Glover says the street stills needs to be patched in some areas.

"There was a sidewalk removed that had the same brick as the street, so hopefully we'll be able to use that for the patch areas."

An old newspaper article says the brick was originally laid in 1912 by the order of then Mayor, J.W. Callahan. But workers covered the brick with asphalt in the 1950's.

The article even mentions a brick with Mayor Callahan's name on it, which is still hidden.

"And the article goes on to say there was enough brick from laying down the square and outlying areas left over to build this building right here. The Fire House Gallery and Museum which used to be the city hall and fire department," adds Glover.

She says some people would love to see the entire square's brick streets exposed.

"There is the issue of it being a state route and it will be a lot to go through to expose that."

But for now, Glover says the city's mission is just to bring back historical character wherever they can, one brick at a time.

Amanda Glover says the city will begin exposing bricks on the opposite side of Water Street after the sidewalks are finished in a couple weeks.

 

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