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Helen:Her Story
Rebirth of Helen
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Plans of the village of Helen
Helen's rebirth is actually pretty amazing. Most of the remnants of the destruction caused by hydraulic mining and the lumber companies had been covered with second-growth forest, thanks to the federal government's creation of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Industry, including Helen Hosiery and Orbit Manufacturing replaced a saw-mill as the main employer, but civic leaders believe that increasing tourism is the answer for future employment.

That is what prompts a meeting of three Helen businessmen and mayor Bob Fowler to meet at a local steakhouse. So many cars pass by Helen without stopping that that the men ask "How can we change that?" One of the men knew about the success another small Georgia town had by repainting the buildings with a theme, and Helen itself had once tried a western theme approach.

One of the four men, Pete Hodkinson, called John Kollack, a Clarkesville artist, and asked him for ideas. Stationed in the Bavarian Alps after World War II, Kollack proposed creating an alpine village and prepared plans for the redesign. Former mayor Charlie Maloof, who still had an office on Main Street, endorsed the revitalization plan.

One of the first actions of the town was to revoke its original charter with the state and create a new one. The 1969 charter gave the city sweeping new powers that the city would need to control the outside appearance of buildings in the city and the ability to tax to pay for planned improvements made by the city.

The new charter was approved on April_28, 1969.

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
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
Chattahoochee National Forest
Civilian Conservation Corps
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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