“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tallapoosa in Haralson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Historic Tallapoosa

Historic Tallapoosa Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 6, 2008
1. Historic Tallapoosa Marker
Inscription. Tallapoosa was a place of great ceremonial importance to the Indians. Here in 1826 settlers discovered “Charles Town,” an Indian Village named for one of their great warriors. Several Indian trails intersected here and the Choctaw, Creek and Cherokee tribes frequently assembled here in a grove of “Seven Chestnuts” to trade or make war. A local farmer, William Owens, found gold here in 1842, and some 100,000 pennyweights were mined. Tallapoosa achieved international renown in 1890 when Gen. Benjamin F. Butler of Massachusetts and other notables including two United States Treasurers -- A. U. Wyman and James W. Hyatt -- organized the Georgia Alabama Investment and Development Co., to build a new city along the tracks of the Georgia Pacific Railroad, which had been built in 1882. The new city of Tallapoosa attracted some 15,000 investors, 3,000 new inhabitants and a billion dollars in capitalization. It was a city “built as if by magic,” Henry W. Grady said, “one which challenged the attention and admiration of the world.”
Erected 1980 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 071-3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Historic Tallapoosa Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 6, 2008
2. Historic Tallapoosa Marker
In the background are the railroad tracks which were the reason for the founding of the city.
33° 44.65′ N, 85° 17.201′ W. Marker is in Tallapoosa, Georgia, in Haralson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Atlanta Street (U.S. 78) and Freeman Street, on the right when traveling east on East Atlanta Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tallapoosa GA 30176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seven Chestnuts (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sandtown Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hungarian Colony (approx. 4.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Haralson County (approx. 6.8 miles away); Sacred Harp Singing (approx. 8.9 miles away); First "REA" Substation in Carroll County (approx. 16.1 miles away).
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