The Georgia Guidestones have been destroyed by an unknown vandal this week and officials are working hard to figure out why.
The mysterious structure located in Elbert County, Georgia is made up of four vertical granite slabs, a center stone, and a capstone that were all paid for and placed by an unknown group in 1980. On those slabs are the ten principles of surviving an apocalypse and rebuilding society, written in twelve different languages. In addition, they act as a calendar, a clock, and a compass.
Some sort of explosive device was caught on surveillance video destroying part of the structure while a silver car drove away from the scene. Only one of the 42,000 lb vertical stones was destroyed while the other three, the smaller center stone, and the 24,000 lb capstone did not topple.
Still, the integrity of the structure was compromised, making the popular tourist attraction unsafe. A crew came in later to finish demolishing the rest of the monument with clean-up following.
“The GBI and Elbert County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an explosion that destroyed the Georgia Guidestones near Elberton, GA,” an official statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reads. “The preliminary information indicates that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6th.
Elbert County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to discover the explosion destroyed a large portion of the structure. The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to assist with the investigation. GBI EOD are on scene conducting their examination of the site.”
(1/3) The GBI is releasing surveillance video from this morning’s explosion that destroyed the Georgia Guidestones. pic.twitter.com/Vo3RyjDxdN
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 6, 2022
So why would someone destroy what’s best know as “America’s Stonehenge?” First off, some people are just assholes for no reason, so there’s that. But also, the mysterious implications of a prophetic structure in the middle of nowhere is something that apparently bothered some people.
Robert C. Christian was the name (real or fake) of the man who commissioned the monument with the Elberton Granite company in the late 70s. Christian belonged to a group of anonymous benefactors who wanted the guidestones to be assembled to honor God. It’s possible that those who destroyed it may have been anti-Christian. But some have also said that the stones were Satanic, based on the term “anti-10 commandments” on the monument, so it runs the gamut.
The guidelines etched into the granite blocks spoke of some fringe ideals, including improving fitness and diversity through guided reproduction, uniting everyone under one language, avoiding petty laws and officials, balancing personal rights with social duties, and more.
It’s very possible that someone didn’t agree with these guidelines in one way or another, and thought it best to destroy them. Or maybe they just wanted to see something big and expensive fall down. We may never know.
If you know anything about the vandalism to the Georgia Guidestones, the GBI wants to hear from you. “Have info? Contact the Elbert County S.O. at (706) 283-2421 or the GBI at (706) 552-2309. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online…, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.”