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Hwy. 9 to receive “Thunder Road” designation Friday
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Classic cars cruised around the Dawsonville square Saturday morning during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival parade Oct. 27. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Hwy. 9 Thunder Road designation 

When: Friday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. 

Where: BK Sports, 13 Raymond Parks Street, Dawsonville

Hwy. 9 from the Forsyth/Dawson County line into the city of Dawsonville will receive a new honorary designation this week. 

State and local officials will gather in downtown Dawsonville on Friday, Oct. 23, to christen the state highway “Thunder Road,” in honor of the roadway’s history of being used by moonshine runners during Prohibition. 

“It’s a good thing for this community,” Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason said.


This new designation is a result of Georgia House Resolution 1281, which was sponsored by Rep. Kevin Tanner and passed during the 2019-20 session of the general assembly. 

According to HR 1281, during prohibition the moonshine “trippers,” or runners, made their living selling the illegal liquor and were in a constant battle to outrace enforcement agents, known as ‘revenuers’ on the way to Atlanta. This led to a boom in driving and engineering skills for the runners, as they made their cars faster and faster to outrun the law.  

“...driving and engineering skills honed by trippers would eventually evolve into one of America’s favorite pastimes, NASCAR,” the resolution reads. “It is abundantly fitting and proper that a road be dedicated to honor the rich history and tradition of Thunder Road.”

The dedication for this designation will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at BK Sports, 13 Raymond Parks Street in Dawsonville. 

In keeping with the recommendations of state health and safety officials, masks are encouraged.