Aug 22, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

The Mysterious and Controversial Georgia Guidestones Could Be Rebuilt Before Their Bombing is Solved

There were many people who wished something bad would happen to the Georgia Guidestones – the mysterious granite monument with puzzling engravings that some called offensive and others deemed to be indications this was America’s Stonehenge. Those people got their wish when an anonymous and still at-large bomber destroyed the monument on July 6, 2022. There are many people who wish the that was the end of the Georgia Guidestones and they’d never be seen or talked about again. Those people will be disappointed … and probably for along time. The rubble from the bombing and eventual destruction of the stones that remained standing have been cleared and hauled away, but the future of those pieces and the space where they once stood is being heavily debated – not just in Georgia but across the Internet. Not surprisingly, while many say, “Good riddance,” there are a large number of people who want them rebuilt – perhaps even bigger and better than the originals. And there is still the open matter of who blew up the Georgia Guidestones in the dead of night and in full view of security cameras … why have they not been found? If they are, will they be prosecuted … or presented as heroes? We’re truly a long way from hearing the last sentence in the ongoing tale of the Georgia Guidestones.

The Georgia Guidestones before the bombing

"We didn't want the scavengers coming up there and possibly getting hurt so we moved them to a third-party location."

For those who were wondering or haven’t been closely following the demise of the Georgia Guidestones, after the four standing stones in the shape of a cross with one capstone on the top were bombed on July 6th, one vertical stone and the capstone were heavily damaged and the rest were deemed a danger to the public, so they were knocked down later in the day by  workers from the town of Elberton, which owned the property where they stood. The pile of rubble became almost as big of a tourist attraction as the Guidestones themselves, so Elbert County Board of Commissioners Chairman Lee Vaughn had them moved to an undisclosed location. With the empty slab still attracting tourists, Elberton Mayor Daniel Graves announced plans to rebuild the monument. That created as much of a furor as the original construction of the stones, possibly more, so the Elberton County Board of Commissioners stepped in again and voted to donate the remains of the monument to the Elberton Granite Association and return the five acres of land on which the monument was erected to its previous owner.

“I hope there is a group that will come together and rebuild and create a foundation to own the Guidestones."

Needless to say, the controversy of the Georgia Guidestones is far from over, as the Athens Banner-Herald reports. County Board of Commissioners Chairman Lee Vaughn himself stirred the pot after seemingly settling the ownership controversy by saying he hope the stones will live on under the jurisdiction of a private foundation. That’s a lot of trouble generated by granite stones which were only 42 years old before they were bombed – a blink of an eye compared to the real Stonehenge. Built by a man using the man using the pseudonym Robert C. Christian, it was originally supposed to honor the local granite industry and serve as a guide to future generations who might need instructions on what to do after a catastrophic, potentially nuclear, global disaster. The engraved guidelines, written in eight languages (a starting place for controversy as it included Russian, Chinese and Arabic), had some controversial instructions on managing the surviving population which some people took out of the context of the population being the aftermath of a human-made disaster. As a result, some conspiracy theorists eventually labeled them “Ten Commandments of the Antichrist" and the monument Satanic, prompting a local politician to run on a platform of tearing them down (she lost the election), which many believe influenced the unknown bomber. “Christian” had purchased the land from a local farmer and donated it to the city of Elberton after the Guidestones were build.

"That's probably a conversation that will have to happen with the city. The city is probably the one that most likely would be interested in having them built back because it is a huge tourist draw for Elberton. It got a lot of tourism, and all of a sudden that has dried up — it's gone."

So, the controversy is about conspiracy theories, religion … and money. ElberGranite Association Executive Vice President Chris Kubas says the association accepted the remains of the Guidestones because members didn't want the original stones crushed. That implies they may want to do something with them, but haven’t said if that would be a display of the rubble, incorporating it into a rebuilding of the monuments, or something else. The bottom line is the bottom line – the original Georgia Guidestones were a huge tourist draw for a city that has few other tourist attractions, and that money ended when the bomber arrived.

"It was not a Christian monument. It was not an anti-Christian monument. It was what it was and it should not have offended anybody."

Some of the guidelines

While he now says the Georgia Guidestones were not meant to be controversial or offensive, Vaughn offered a solution should they be rebuilt – leave off the engravings of the guides in eight languages. That might work … as well as putting the new Guidestones in a location closer to the city, where they could take advantage of hotels, restaurants and other businesses which would benefit from the increase in tourism. Would a new set of non-engraved granite blocks still be allowed to be called the Georgia Guidestones? Would the Georgia Stonehenge be better? Would they match the original in bringing in tourist dollars? Would they avoid the controversy? The threats? The bombing?

Ah … the bombing. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has the video showing the bombing and the bomber leaving in a light-colored sedan with a sunroof, but over a month later still has no suspects, no witnesses and seemingly no leads since it is still asking the public for help. The rubble has been inspected by the GBI's bomb unit and U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to identify the type of explosive used and determine where it had been purchased and by who, but nothing has been made public. As a result, a completely different set of conspiracy theories has arisen calling this a coverup of an act of domestic terrorism. Is it?

What would “Robert C. Christian” think?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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