Well de­stroyed

So­cial Cir­cle’s most no­table land­mark was de­stroyed by a drunk driver.

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Leg­end has it that the city of So­cial Cir­cle got its name from a group that gath­ered around a well in 1820.

In the 1970’s, the city repli­cated that well in the mid­dle of the town, and it has been one of the most rec­og­niz­able parts of So­cial Cir­cle ever since.

The well was de­stroyed around 3 a.m. Satur­day by an al­leged drunk driver, ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Chief Terry Sose­bee.

Ac­cord­ing to a draft of the po­lice re­port, James Bryan Cronan, 18, of So­cial Cir­cle, was driv­ing his Blue Chevro­let pickup when he hit the city’s iconic sym­bol. Cronan was charged with DUI and fail­ure to main­tain a lane. So­cial Cir­cle City Man­ager Doug White said Cronan was taken to the Wal­ton County jail.

The His­toric Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety of So­cial Cir­cle said the orig­i­nal well was lo­cated at an in­ter­sec­tion of two Na­tive Amer­i­can trails and was a meet­ing place for trav­el­ers and vil­lagers alike. The so­ci­ety’s web­site, his­toric­so­cial­cir­clega.com, said a stranger ap­proached a group gath­ered around the well and said, “This is surely a so­cial cir­cle.” The vil­lage’s name was born.

The well, which stood un­til Satur­day morn­ing, was put up in the 1970’s near the red light in the heart of town and then moved to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion off the street, So­cial Cir­cle Mayor Hal Dally said.

“It was a sym­bol of a well that was in place at the cross­roads of the Hightower Trail and what is now High­way 11, serv­ing as the cross­roads for two In­dian trails,” Dally said. “The well was a meet­ing place and cross­roads. That was just a land­mark to rec­og­nize his­tory.”

That land­mark served as a pop­u­lar place for visi­tors to take pic­tures.

As of Satur­day af­ter­noon, the de­bris from the wrecked well was cleared. Dally said the city will soon con­tact con­trac­tors and be­gin to re­build the well ex­actly as it was.

sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

So­cial Cir­cle’s his­toric well, sym­bol­iz­ing the town’s be­gin­nings, was de­stroyed by a drunk driver Satur­day morn­ing.

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