NORTH CARROLLTON — My earliest memories growing up here in Carroll County was as a child playing in Big Sand Creek. As the creek makes its way through the countryside of Carroll County, there are many beautiful scenes. This I found at an early age. There is a lot of potential with the future of the area at Big Sand Creek for more generations to come.

Preliminary design plans have been drawn up to replace the bridge at Big Sand Creek in 2021. This will be a new chapter in our community.

On display in the boardroom at North Carrollton City Hall are old photos of the bridge from years ago. Through the times the looks have changed, but the significance is the same and strong as ever. There is so much historic relevance from the past that carries with it many memories of years gone by.

The town of Carrollton was incorporated in 1836. In 1899, North Carrollton was organized on the north side of the bridge, developing around the Georgia Pacific train tracks and the depot it built in 1889. Through the years, the creek and bridge have been a historic symbol between the two towns.

The new bridge will be of importance to this community for generations to come. It has been discussed that the new bridge will have some kind of decorative railing on either side with wider sidewalks. This would be of importance with a historic texture that displays the identity of our community.

Carroll County District 1 Supervisor Jim Neill has plans for constructing a park area and restrooms on the south side of the Tabernacle. This will be a significant addition for recreation and tourism alike. Just last fall during the Carrollton Pilgrimage, “The Reivers” movie was presented at the Tabernacle near Big Sand Creek. It was an enjoyment that Saturday night on the bank of Big Sand Creek for community fellowship and showcasing the movie that was filmed in Carroll County 50 years ago. It brought memories from the past for many and a reaffirmation of the historic relevance of our county. The future holds so much for these community gatherings, which are a celebration for Carroll County natives and visitors alike. There is an abundance of these types of community events, which will be enhanced by the upcoming improvements at the bridge.

“In our meetings with the state officials responsible for this project, they have been very clear about the need for the project and, at the same time, understanding of the towns’ concerns for their citizens,” Carrollton Mayor Pam Lee said. “They are also working with the towns to maintain a historic appearance while providing some advantages we do not currently have.”

Here in these two towns our land and water are not just a statistic but an asset directed by wise planning for future days. Along with that will be more memories in the years to come, at the same time reaching our fullest potential as a community.

Ken Strachan is mayor of North Carrollton.

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