Explorer Dr. Ken Sulak has solved an Alapaha River rapids naming mystery.
So in 1797, Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a poem inspired by a dream.
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
Insert three ‘A” and the dreamscape river becomes the Alapaha,
and appropriately so. Yesterday, I embarked on the foolish idea of a
solo kayak journey up 3 miles of the Alapaha from Sasser Landing
(just below the confluence of the Alapaha and the Alapahoochee
rivers) to the site of the 1800s Roebucks Ferry and later Roebucks
Jennings Defeat Rapids, Ogeechee Gum, GS&F RR trestle below CR 150
That crossing brought settlers and other travelers from
Jacksonville and Fernandina along the GA/FL border across the
Alapaha to Miccotown, the old Seminole Indian town in the triangle
of land protected by the two flanking rivers. The road/trail (gone
now on both sides) continued west across the Alapahoochee at the
site of the early 1900s Beatty Bridge (undoubtedly preceded in the
mid-1800s by an undocumented ferry), and on to Hickstown in Madison
County and westward. Miccotown became the first county seat of
Hamilton County as the settlers suppressed the Seminoles and the old
Indian town faded into obscurity in 1839. Continue reading →