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Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins, Georgia

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Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins, Georgia

Located in metro Atlanta, the Sope Creek Paper Mill was once a thriving factory powered by the waters of the adjacent creek. The mill was damaged during the Civil War by Union soldiers who suspected that it was being used to print money for the Confederate States of America. However, decreasing demand and more-modern manufacturing practices finally caused the closure of the Sope Creek Mill in the early 1900s. The now-crumbling walls and doorways still stand, drawing locals and out-of-state visitors. Some people combine a visit to the ruins with a hike or bike through the surrounding network of trails.