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A Time When Horses Ruled North Druid Hills – and DeKalb

A history buff writes about horses, which once outnumbered humans, in DeKalb County, including the North Druid Hills area, according to Decatur Dispatch.

If you look closely, you can see signs of a bygone era. Like when humans sat on top of hairy, maney quadrapeds and let them do all the work as we bumped around town here in North Druid Hills.

Or so I'm told, according to a column this month in Decatur Dispatch.

I was flipping through this month's issue when I was at Subway in Shamrock Plaza, and on page 5, I came across a short article, "Horses Were Once Everywhere in DeKalb," by Dick Funderburke.

This seemed fairly obvious, but I continued reading.

According to Funderburke, there remain a bunch of little places in our community where people used to go bonkers over horses. (Kind of cool detail: He mentions a sign circa 1900 at the courthouse in downtown Decatur that advises riders that it's not legal to park horses and buggies down there.)

From the story:

Also, the Little Wagon Horse Farm (now a county park) remains active with pastures full of horses at Scott Blvd. near North DeKalb Mall. Finally, Coca-Cola heir Walter Candler had a private horse racing track on his estate (now the president's house at Emory) where the now stands.

Interesting details, Mr. Funderburke.

No direct linkage here. Decatur Dispatch is still putting press to paper like they're Johannes Gutenberg, so you'll have to go to their parent company's homepage and check out the digital version of the paper.

Remember: Decatur Dispatch, page 5. And there's other cool stuff in this month's issue as well.

Leslie H April 04, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I appreciate the story, my family's from the Decatur, Northlake area and has been since the first of the century. Maybe earlier. While I like the story, I don't like printing it off; 5 pages worth, and 3 of those pages being advertising???? I know money rules, but . . . . .
Sherrie Crow April 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
No story about horses in DeKalb can be complete without mention of the "Pony Farm" which was located for many years at the intersection of Briarcliff Road and Briar Vista Terrace.Founded in 1947, the Pony Farm delighted generations of us kids who grew up in the area. To ride one time around the ring cost only 25 cents! One of the great days of my life was my 5th birthday in 1962. My parents secretly arranged for a "pony party." When two ponies showed up at my house that afternoon my guests and I were in raptures. I think my lifelong love of horses probably began that day.
Jonathan Cribbs April 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
More good details. Thanks, Sherrie.
Crash April 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
The best birthday party I ever had included going there and being led around on a pony. I never drive past that intersection without thinking about it.

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