A couple of weeks ago, we “went” looking for evidence of R. G. LeTourneau, the Industrialist that helped to reshape the rural area around the city of Toccoa. We found few reminders. Of course, the greatest evidence was located around Lake Louiseâ€”a private lake that LeTourneau built and now belongs to the Georgia Baptist Convention. But there were other things left here and there that bore witness of his “larger than life” presence.
These are the remains of what LeTourneau hoped would be a hotel â€” built out of his concrete steel designed housing. This structure, once located in the side of a hill, made what he called, “a perfect ‘bomb’ proof building.”
The flooring used in the hotel remains along with the doors.
I did okay standing inside for a photograph, but there were spiders and plenty of other “scary” things sharing this space.
Old framing is now scattered around the rooms.
There was one more thing that we wanted to photograph before calling it a successful dayâ€”the water tower. I knew that it would seem pretty awesome, especially if the sunlight was right.
I’m looking up through pine trees that have reclaimed access to the tower’s base.
A stairway up that should never be climbed.
Finally, as I were walking out, I saw this sweet reminder of how everything returns to its natural state. Buildings don’t last. They can be gone in a few years like the ones in this series. Only people live foreverâ€”with God. And if he were here, R. G. LeTourneau would say, “Amen!”