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A look at the history of Grandview Lake


     A hard-working man with some large ideas, W.H. "Bill" Jones, of Pickens County, played a major role in bringing Grandview Lake into existence. Jones grew up in the hollow now flooded by the lake. As a young man, he quarried an area just below where the old boathouse stands today.

     "He grew up right in here, taking out flagstone," recounted Jones' daughter, Peggy Petty. "He went to Atlanta and worked for Firestone. Saved about $1,000. He saw a little girl get run over down there and said, ‘I'm going back to the mountains.’"

     Returned to the Grand View community (the name was two words then), Jones went back to flagstone quarrying. "Making about a dollar a day," Petty said. "He'd haul that flagstone to Marietta, and he'd haul it to DeLand, Florida."

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