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Helen:Her Story
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
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At this time in our country's history, lumber companies were not active participants in the environmental movement. The "cut and leave" policies destroyed vast amounts of north Georgia, including almost all of the land around Helen. Coupled with the remaining devastation from gold mining, much of the area is little more than a wasteland.

Just when times were seemingly bleak events begin to turn in Helen's favor. Charlie Maloof, who ran the commissary (company store) for the lumber mills had been given both the sawmill and company homes on Red Row in 1931. He renamed Red Row to River Street, painted and in some cases improved the homes then sold them for a reasonable down payment and financed the rest of the loan himself.

One of the houses he did not sell, but offered it to a doctor to use as his office. From 1930 until the 1950's, three doctors in Helen lived and worked out of this home. Maloof and his brother-in-law Charlie Miller made a living cutting lumber in the old sawmill on a much smaller scale and employed a number of local citizens in the endeavor. Maloof also ran a general store.

Maloof told his friend Forest Ranger Arthur Woody that the lumber company was willing to sell its land for 25 cents an acre. Woody, a ranger for most of his life, knew a good deal and encouraged his employer, the U. S. Forest Service, to purchase the land, although the average price for the land was about 10 times the amount the Morse Brothers quoted Charlie.

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Helen:Her Story

Archaic Indians in Sautee-Nacoochee Valley
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
Directions to Helen

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A Park named Unicoi
A new road for Helen
After The Gold Rush
Archaic Indians in Sautee-Nacoochee Valley
Arthur Woody
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
Directions to Helen
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
Unicoi Turnpike
Wood is the new Gold

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