The Brits play football everywhere they go! (I say "football" but for Americans, it is always referred to as "soccer".) Of course, it is not just the Brits, it is played all around the world. However, it is a story of the BRITS in this area that I want to tell you about! If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you will know my love for Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain...I have been telling you about them for years! Arabia Mountain...I have always thought it had to be called that by the men from Scotland and Wales who worked in the quarries there! "Hotter than Arabia", I can just imagine them saying this. Okay then, what is it that I just found out about them? Why, it is just amazing to learn this... they had arrived from Scotland and Wales and were playing football in Dekalb County (which is where the aforementioned mountains are located) in the 1880's! This is just astounding to me! I found this out on the Arabia Mountain website and I have the link for you just here.
By the way, I cannot imagine the men working on quarrying the stone from these "mountains" in such extreme heat and then, playing their football after they finished in the evenings! But that is the love of the game for you!
There is more that I want to tell you about Arabia Mountain's history but that will have to wait for another post!
If you are ever at Stone Mountain, please visit the Quarry Exhibit that they have there. I have a video for you above!