In 1875, The Atlanta Constitution funded and documented an exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp. Over the next months, newspapers across the nation released many exciting stories from the Okefenokee Swamp, like the following…
”The very heart of Africa has been traversed by white men, but some portions of our domain have never been. To explore this unknown land a party of ten left Waycross armed with compasses, hatchets, ammunition and rations for an extended campaign against the dangers and difficulties that the Okefenoke presents.
“To enjoy its singularity, richness and beauty, the traveler must descend from his luxurious railroad coach, leave behind his noble steed, and on foot, begin his pilgrimage through swamp, through mud, through water, alligators, snakes and mosquitoes, and in three or four days of toil, sweat and perseverance, he will be blessed with a sight of this long time mythical land, deep in the dark bosom of the Okefenokee Swamp.”
– Valdosta Times, Valdosta, Georgia. October 23, 1875.