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Helen 1954-1969
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Governor Herman Talmadge personally credited Helen Mayor Charlie Maloof for the creation of Unicoi State Park at dedication ceremonies in 1954. Smith Creek was dammed, forming Unicoi Lake and destroying the Civilian Conservation Corps camp that had been built on its banks.

Jimmy Wilkens in his factory in Helen
Industry brought jobs for the area workers. Jimmy Wilkins's Orbit Manufacturing would later become Wilco. Pete Hodkinson hired on to manage the Gift Shop at the visitors center in Unicoi State Park, and John Kollock, a young artist, worked there.

Cars, loaded with tourists and tourism dollars, sped past Helen and into the mountains nearby. Tourists stopped at the motel in town and at Helen's older shops. Maloof and others try some ideas to attract tourists to stop, but none of them produce tangible results.

One of the ideas put forward over a number of years was to add a lodge at Unicoi State Park. In 1968 the state of Georgia created the North Georgia Mountains Authority to run the park and build a lodge.

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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
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A Park named Unicoi
A new road for Helen
After The Gold Rush
Archaic Indians in Sautee-Nacoochee Valley
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
Civilian Conservation Corps
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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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