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Merriwether County Firefighters

One Square Mile: The volunteer firefighters of Meriwether County

Along a red dirt road, where smoke is creeping like fog through the nearby pines, 32-year-old Dustin Owens waves a fire hose to tamp down a one-acre brush fire.
Bridge at Red Oak Creek

In the 1800s, a freed slave built bridges across the South. In Georgia, one endures

The Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge’s longevity is nearly as astounding as the story of its builder, Horace King, part black, part white, part Catawba Indian—a man so far ahead of his time that he wore a soul patch 60 years before anyone heard of jazz.

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