April 26, 2019

Columbus Public Library receives "Flying off Rattlesnake Mountain" novel


Howard Turnage delivers an historical novel to 
the Columbus Public Library in Columbus, Georgia

     Micajah Clark Dyer has become well-known in the North Georgia mountain area through newspaper, television, radio and magazine stories. But he is unknown to many other people across the rest of Georgia. They have yet to hear the important history of his invention of a flying machine that was patented in 1874 and flown across the fields in Choestoe community in Union County, Georgia, until a year or two before his death in 1891.

     The novel Flying off Rattlesnake Mountain is a narrative nonfiction story of Dyer's life and inventions written by his great-great-granddaughter Sylvia Dyer Turnage. It not only tells the story of his life, but also provides a verbal picture of the mountain landscapes,  incorporates the lifestyles of the mountain people, and tells the historical events that occurred in those years, impacting the lives of the pioneers who had settled there following the removal of the Indians, the land lottery, the gold rush, the War Between the States and Reconstruction. 

     The Micajah Clark Dyer Foundation has launched the library book placement project in an effort to help eliminate a history gap by providing everyone in the state access to the account of Dyer's aeronautical achievements. The biographical novel is written in an interesting manner that will be intriguing to readers of all ages.

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