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The history of Georgia’s most visited attraction

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At 1,686 feet tall, Stone Mountain is the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. It’s considered one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders, bringing in nearly 4 million visitors each year.

The original idea for the carvings of Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Jefferson Davis, which have become a controversial topic, were first conceived in 1915 by Helen Plane, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

In 1958, the state of Georgia bought the land surrounding the mountain to create a 3,200-acre park, and in spring of 1965, Stone Mountain Park officially opened for all to enjoy.

Abby Watkins, 360 Media, Inc.

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