Dakota, GA Lightning Storm, July 1897


Two Convicts Killed in Georgia Camp and Some Others Escape

A thunder storm struck the Georgia State convict camp at the GREER lumber yards, at Dakota. The camp was demolished, and two convicts were instantly killed and ten wounded, some of whom may die. In the panic that ensued every one of the remaining convicts made breaks for liberty. The guards shot, but to no avail, and bloodhounds were placed on their tracks, not, however, until they were well in the lead. A few of them have been captured, and the hounds were close on the track of the others. The storm did great damage.

The County Record
July 8, 1897
page 2