1940s bus, Ben Hill County, Ga.

1940s-era bus, Ben Hill County, Ga.

1940s-era bus, Ben Hill County, Ga.

VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown spotted this old Studebaker school bus off a dirt road in rural Ben Hill County, Ga. He notes the front end and engine of the bus were built by Studebaker, while the body may have been manufactured by Bluebird in nearby Fort Valley. “The grill style dates the bus to around 1947, but it was likely used well into the 1950s by Ben Hill County.”

Just over 9,000 people live in Fitzgerald, the county seat of rural Ben Hill County.  Some 31.6 percent of people in the county live in poverty, according to Census figures. More.

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