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Helen:Her Story
A Park named Unicoi
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Shortly after World War II Arthur Woody died, but Charlie Maloof continued to build the town of Helen as both a civic leader and mayor. Fire destroyed the Mountain Ranch Hotel during 1945, and Charlie proposed a new lodge on land just north of the city near Georgia 75.

In the meantime, Maloof had an eye on the immediate future of the hamlet. He understood that if Helen was to survive the revenue base must be increased. Maloof understood that Helen needed industry to sustain the population. In 1946 Maloof scored a major coup with the creation of Helen Hosiery Mill, which would employ the citizens of Helen until it burned 12 years later.

Already cars were coming in increasing numbers to the North Georgia hamlet. He talked about his proposed lodge to anyone who will listen, including an extensive list of political friends in Atlanta. Maloof was successful, in part because of Georgia's county-unit system. By the time the paving was complete on Highway 75 north of Helen a significant amount of work had been done north of Helen near Smith Creek.

White County Area State Park was the working name but Unicoi was the name used when the park was created in 1954. Unicoi State Park had some hiking but few facilities (8 campsites and a visitors center with a gift shop). Charlie continued to push for a lodge at the park, but lent money to a local resident to build a motel downtown. Charlie died in 1971, three years before work on the Unicoi Lodge was completed.

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Helen:Her Story

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Early Cherokee Influence
Spanish Influence in Helen
First Settlers Arrive
Unicoi Turnpike
Gold Discovered in Georgia
After The Gold Rush
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Wood is the new Gold
End of the Wood Era
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
A new road for Helen
A Park named Unicoi
Helen 1954-1969
Rebirth of Helen
Modern Helen
Helen-Her Fun
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After The Gold Rush
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Early Cherokee Influence
End of the Wood Era
First Settlers Arrive
Gold Discovered in Georgia
Helen 1954-1969
Helen-Her Fun
Modern Helen
Rebirth of Helen
Spanish Influence in Helen
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