Located at the Lumpkin County Administration building there is a new authentic Tank on display (M60A3) adjacent to Lumpkin County Veterans Memorial Park. The outdoor Tank is open to the public 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
The M60 is one of the world's most successful main battle tanks with 15,000 having been produced and serving in the armies of 22 countries. The tank has provided proven battlefield performance over four decades and has been continuously advanced and upgraded with advanced weapon control, ammunition, applique armour and increasingly powerful engines.
M60 tanks entered service with the US Army in 1960. The M60A1 with a new turret, thicker armour and a new ammunition stowage system, was manufactured from 1962 to 1980. The development of the M60A2 with a new turret fitted with a 152mm gun and missile launcher was halted and effort was directed to the development and production of the highly successful M60A3, which incorporated improvements to the gun fire control and entered service in 1978.
The US Army phased M60A3 out of service in 1997 and it was superseded by M1 Abrams, a third generation main battle tank.