The Bell Bomber Plant

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Few would have believed in the late 1930s that Depression-wracked Marietta and Cobb County, where cotton was still king, would later be the site of the largest industrial complex south of the Mason-Dixon line, or that it would be churning out hundreds of the largest and most technically advanced airplanes ever built to that point. Images of America: The Bell Bomber Plant uses more than 200 photographs to recount how opportunistic local leaders persuaded the federal government to build an airfield in Marietta and then parlayed it into the plant. It tells the story of how a workforce of undereducated farmers and thousands of "Rosie the Riveters" proved surprisingly adept at mastering the technical challenges of building bombers, and of how the plant jump-started the transformation of Cobb County from a semi-rural backwater to a suburban Southern powerhouse.
ISBN: 9780738567457
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 202
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Joe Kirby is an award-winning editorial page editor and columnist for the Marietta Daily Journal and has covered stories on life in Marietta and Cobb County for almost 25 years. He serves on the boards of the Marietta Museum of History and the Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association.
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