In 1868, Dykesboro was incorporated as Cochran. The Macon and Brunswick Railroad enabled the community to ship cotton and corn and receive needed goods. In 1912, Bleckley County was created and the county courthouse began operation on January 1, 1914. The local economy was good and World War I brought a period of prosperity due to the need for food and fiber. In the 1920s, the boll weevil devastated the agricultural cotton economy and the Great Depression brought loss of economic wealth and financial hardships that were not relieved until after World War II.
In a new pictorial history book by local author and Bleckley County native Lonnie Barlow, over 200 vintage photographs commemorate the lives of the people in Cochran and Bleckley County who worked hard to establish their homes and families. These personal stories make the book appealing to their descendents today.
The author hopes the book will “preserve images of Cochran that have changed over the past 50 years, as Dykes Street has become commercialized, many homes have burned and the school system has been completely modernized. Bleckley Countians and people everywhere have a thirst to remember the places, buildings and events of the past.”
Highlights of Bleckley County:
• Most complete pictorial directory ever published of homes, churches, schools and local government buildings in Bleckley County
• Features two local families: the Dykes and the Berryhill-Coodys
• The establishment of Middle Georgia College, believed to be the oldest junior college in America
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888.313.2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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