Richard B. Russell State Park

The entrance to Richard B. Russell State Park on the Georgia-South Carolina state line.Richard B. Russell Jr. was a popular guy – not only did he serve as governor of Georgia from 1931-33, but he was a US Senator for almost 40 years. After his death he had all sorts of buildings, a road, a lake, a dam, an airport, a submarine, and yes, a state park named after him. That’s quite a legacy!

This state park’s main attraction is its 18-hole championship golf course, but you can guess that wasn’t what Trey and I were particularly interested in. We spent all of our time on a playground near the Trey runs along the shore of Lake Richard B. Russell (Jr)banks of the lake and had a picnic lunch on the shore.

The park boasts that it has one of the oldest steel pin bridges in the area but when we went to see it, the trail leading to it was closed.  Just as well I guess since Trey was already pretty exhausted from climbing on the playground and running around on the beach.

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  1. Grandaddy

    Did you realize Richard B. Russell was from Winder? His house is still there on the highway to Athens just after you leave the city. He never married, but considered his nephews and nieces as his children. I taught with one of them – Susan Russell Reynolds – at WBHS (she was the librarian when you were there as a high school freshman). Russell said that his greatest achievement as a Senator authoring and getting passed the federal school lunch program that set standards for school lunches and made provision for poor children to have free or greatly reduced school lunches.

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