Union County is a paramount of Southern hospitality and Appalachian charm. A true picture of scenic beauty, this mountainous haven enjoys the overwhelming presence of nature, as manifested in its abundant forests, native animals, flowing streams, and waterfalls. Families, retirees, and visitors alike enjoy the serenity of this North Georgia destination. Since its beginning in the early part of the 19th century, Union County has experienced considerable political, economic, and social growth, while still maintaining its quiet comfort and beauty.The admirable work ethic of Union Countians is an ever-present force, which has given way to economic expansion, a proudly conservative government, the creation and endurance of quality educational institutions, strong civic organizations, and a myriad of recreational opportunities. The images in this pictorial volume illustrate such accomplishments, while also paying tribute to the county's military tradition, sports, area attractions, and distinguished individuals. Union County: 1970-2003 includes highlights of the area's natural beauty, while also providing a glimpse of the lasting contributions of local residents over the last 30 years of the 20th century.