WAY WE WERE: Where is this? What is this?

AUGUSTA CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO Do you know where this is? You are looking eastward at a site many of us know today.

Where is this?

 

Do you know? Can you tell?

As first glance, I could not.

It looks like some sort of estate, but there are all those warehouse buildings behind it.

It is also a photo looking from west to east. Usually, I have noticed, Augusta aerial photos look east to west. I don’t know why, the sun perhaps.

I can give you some clues as to what you are looking at.

This land was once a farm. It was also once owned by a mayor of Augusta. He sold it.

Today it is something completely different, but some of the buildings in this photograph still exist.

All right.

Some of you had no trouble at all in identifying this as today’s Summerville Campus of Augusta University, formerly Augusta College, formerly the Augusta federal arsenal, formerly the farm of Freeman Walker, not only a mayor of our town but a U.S. senator. The Walker family cemetery remains on this property.

Somewhere in this photograph is the famed Arsenal Oak, longtime symbol of the school cut down a few years ago after it became diseased and its falling branches were determined to be dangerous.

Information accompanying this picture indicates it was taken more than 50 years ago during construction of today’s Maxwell Theater, which appears to be taking place in the bottom left.

Some of the old homes and buildings around the campus remain. Many do not, but new ones have taken their place.

But this is what it used to look like. When you didn’t need so many parking places.

 

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