A photograph depicting the beauty of the Etowah River's stillness at dawn will appear on the back cover of Georgia’s official state map, the State Transportation Board said in a news release.
The "stunning" image was captured during the early morning in Bartow County by Dee Corson. Jeff Lewis, a local resident and Georgia Department of Transportation board member representing the 11th Congressional District, presented it.
"I am very pleased that a photo from my district was picked for the back cover placement on the upcoming state map," Lewis said in a statement. "I know we have some of the most stunning natural scenes around Georgia, and this shot of the Etowah River exemplifies the beauty in the area."
The Etowah River is a 164-mile-long waterway that rises northwest of Dahlonega and flows west-southwest as it passes Cartersville and the Etowah Indian Mounds. Its name is the Cherokee version of the original Muscogee word Etalwa, which means a "trail crossing."
Each two years, GDOT prints nearly 2 million maps for distribution across Georgia, and its board selects a photo depicting something special and unique located in one of the state’s 13 Congressional Districts.
This time, the Columbus Gateway entrance to Fort Benning, which was completed in late 2011, was chosen for the front cover image.