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Photo of the Week: An Old Mill Caught The Eye in Atlanta.

When going through Oakland Cemetery in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta you are amongst beautiful gardens and so much history, not to mention great views of the downtown skyline. What caught the eye though as I was walking around was the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills plant that sits in Cabbagetown across the way.

Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, Oakland Cemetery

The mill dates back to 1881 ceasing operation in 1977 and now serves as condos/lofts. I don’t know if it was the color, the water tower or the historical nature that gravitated my eyes that way, but I’m glad I saw it.

Atlanta Baseball. Some Braves History.

I love capturing baseball stadiums up close so on a recent morning in Atlanta I headed over to the old ball field. It wasn’t Turner Field, the current baseball home of the Braves that I wound up at first, but literally the old ball field, what was once Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

The old stadium was demolished but has definitely not been forgotten. It’s now a parking lot across the street to the north from Turner Field…

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Braves history

…which is surrounded on one side by a blue outfield wall marking where the stadium was. Hey, there’s the infield, pitchers mound and home plate. I hit an air home run and circled the bases and baseball history buffs can probably guess what I was thinking.

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Braves history

Number 715 is what I was thinking. Henry Aaron. A portion of the metal, outfield fence marking where he hit the record-breaking home run in 1974 sits in place. Babe Ruth’s record of 714 had stood since 1935.

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Braves history, Hank Aaron 715

Before homering and circling the bases, I captured the Downtown Atlanta skyline as it sat over the outfield wall. Always looking for that next skyline shot! 🙂

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Braves history, Downtown skyline views

Do a complete 180 and Turner Field is straight ahead. I got my baseball stadium shot too.

Atlanta Turner Field from Fulton County Stadium parking lot

I walked up a stair case along the blue outfield wall and looked back at both past and present. Lot’s of baseball memories in such a small area. The last game was played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on October 24, 1996. It was demolished and turned into the parking lot a year later. It was also the home of the Falcons football team until 1991.

Atlanta Turner Field from Fulton County Stadium parking lot

It was time to walk across the street and capture some shots of Turner Field up close. More history sat in front.

Atlanta Turner Field, Braves baseball

I immediately found the Number 44 and the statue of the retired great Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron. Obviously one the greatest players to ever play, who wound up with 755 home runs, a record which stood until 2007.

Atlanta Turner Field, Braves history, Hank Aaron #44

Atlanta Turner Field, Braves history, Hank Aaron statue

A bronze statue of Ty Cobb sliding into first sits in front of Turner Field. Cobb played most of his career for the Detroit Tigers, but was a native of Georgia, nicknamed the “Georgia Peach”.

Atlanta Turner Field, Ty Cobb statue

Enlarged Braves baseballs were on display as well as other numbers of Braves greats…

Atlanta Braves baseball

Atlanta Braves baseball

…such as Number 29, belonging to recently retired pitcher John Smoltz.

Atlanta Braves baseball, John Smoltz #29

There were also some of bronze plaques set into brick on the ground, like this one for long-time broadcaster and Braves pitcher Ernie Johnson.

Atlanta Braves Baseball, Ernie Johnson, broadcaster

It was a fun time hanging out and running around where Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was. It brought back memories of watching all the Braves success in the 1990’s. Seeing the plaques, statues and numbers of Braves greats in front of Turner Field gave me the chills too.

Have you ever visited the former site of a baseball or other sports stadium? What statues of famous athletes have you seen and captured in your travels?

Chicago: An Architectural Riverboat Tour.

During the Windy City Tweetup we went on the 75-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour by Wendella Boat Tours. We got a great deal through a Groupon which included a free beverage. Thanks Francesca of The Working Mom’s Travels for the great idea.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Wendella Boat Tours

It was a cloudy day with off-and-on rain as we hung out along Michigan Avenue waiting to hit up the Chicago River.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Wendella Boat Tours

As soon as you got on the boat, the great views were right in front of you. Some of my first shots of the skyline and historic buildings. The building prominent in the first photo is the Crain Communications Building, also known as the London Guarantee or Stone Container Building. I love the curvature of the 1920’s built structure.

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline - building architecture

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline - building architecture

The Windy City Tweetup gang chilling on the lower deck. Some are looking at photographs taken. Others are mingling. Great times.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Windy City gang chilling

We took advantage of Chicago’s own Goose Island Honkers Ale being available on-board. Out on the open water!

Chicago River - River boat tour - Windy City gang chilling

As the boat proceeded down the river, the tour guide described the buildings we passed with some historical and architectural background information. This is the Civic Opera Building. It has an art deco interior and was built-in 1929. It’s the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. It’s amazing how Chicago has been built up since the Great Chicago Fire in the later 1800’s.

Chicago River - River boat tour - historic buildings - architecture

We passed under bridge after bridge. The Clark Street Bridge in one form or another has gone over the river since 1853.

Chicago River - River boat tour - bridges

I’ve taken a liking to capturing the American flag. One resided on the back of the riverboat.

Chicago River - River boat tour - American flag

Chicago River - River boat tour - American flag

Some more skyline photos out on the open water. The vantage points to get Chicago skyline shots seems to be endless. 🙂

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Passed by and saw lots of other tour riverboats.

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Great times on the Chicago River. The rain was actually a nice touch during the tour and the rest of the day in the city. Checkout Wendella Boat Tours for more information on the architecture and other tours they provide.

Have you ever been on a riverboat tour in Chicago? What riverboat tours in other cities would you recommend?