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Georgia Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 7, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Georgia ranks ninth among states and provinces with markers in this database. Georgia is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the South Atlantic region. Georgia is some 59 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 10.6 million people. The state is divided into 159 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Georgia we have discovered historical markers in 578 cities and towns lying in 558 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 6,206 historical markers in Georgia, by our count. We have cataloged 6,186 historical markers and 720 war memorials—each individually presented on 6,692 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 3.3% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 20 historical markers in Georgia that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Georgia marker in the database, Creek Agency, was added June 12, 2006. It was photographed near Roberta in Crawford County. The last one added was submitted on February 5, 2023, and titled Georgia Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is in Atlanta in Fulton County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Georgia was erected in 1840. It was this one: Memorial to the Fallen of 1836, and one of our correspondents found it in Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County on July 18, 2015.

Georgia Historical Topics
2,721 • Civil War
777 • Settlements and Settlers
748 • Industry and Commerce
601 • Churches and Religion
501 • Parks and Recreational Areas
461 • African Americans
431 • Education
385 • Architecture
378 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
337 • World War II
    ... and others ...

Georgians don’t want to forget their Civil War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Georgia about the Civil War—2,721 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 777 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Civil War topic was Sherman’s Right At Indian Springs, added June 22, 2006. It had been erected in 1957 near Jackson in Butts County. The last one submitted was submitted on December 26, 2022, and titled In Memory of Confederate & World War Veterans of Catoosa Co.. It had been erected in 1931 in Ringgold in Catoosa County. The earliest marker erected with the Civil War topic that we have listed was erected in 1869. It is In Memoriam, found in Griffin in Spalding County on September 3, 2012.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Georgia? What we know is that The Raiders' Graves is the most viewed entry in the database from Georgia since it was added in 2015. It is located in Andersonville in Macon County. This year so far, the most viewed Georgian entry is located in Dublin in Laurens County. It is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s First Public Speech.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Georgia county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Catoosa County, with 813 of them. It is followed by Chatham County with 544 markers. The Fort Oglethorpe area of Catoosa County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 763. In Chatham County the area with the most markers, 332, is Savannah.

Historical Markers in These
Georgia Counties
813 • Catoosa County
544 • Chatham County
466 • Fulton County
371 • Walker County
208 • Cobb County
202 • Glynn County
198 • Spalding County
176 • Muscogee County
152 • Richmond County
136 • Athens-Clarke County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Georgia with the most markers we again find Fort Oglethorpe at the top of the list with 999 markers in or near it. It is followed by Atlanta in Clayton County with 386 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 30742 at the top of the list with 966 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 30742 is assigned to Fort Oglethorpe GA including the Rossville delivery area.) It is followed by ZIP Code 31401 with 279 markers. (31401 is assigned to Savannah GA.)

Historical Markers Near These
Georgia Cities and Towns
999 • Fort Oglethorpe
386 • Atlanta
332 • Savannah
196 • Griffin
161 • Columbus
148 • Augusta
136 • Athens
134 • Macon
114 • Marietta
107 • Washington
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Catoosa County, the first marker added to the database from there, Old Stone Presbyterian Church, was added July 11, 2008. It was erected in 1955 in Ringgold. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of Georgia—was uploaded on December 26, 2022, and is titled In Memory of Confederate & World War Veterans of Catoosa Co. and was erected in 1931, in Ringgold. One of the earliest marker erected in Catoosa County that we have listed was erected in 1890. More than one was erected that year. This is one of them: Reserve Corps, found in Fort Oglethorpe on September 6, 2012.

Latest entry from Georgia. Click to go there
By Dave W, September 2, 2022
Latest Entry from Georgia
“Georgia Vietnam Veterans Memorial”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Atlanta. The first: Georgia Institute of Technology, was added October 24, 2007. It had been erected in 1994. The last: Georgia Vietnam Veterans Memorial added on February 5, 2023. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1873: Our Confederate Dead, added on April 27, 2013.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Georgia Historical Society is currently in charge of the familiar green and gold and now the new black and silver official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Georgia Historical Commission, a predecessor. They erected their first marker in 1953, and we have 2,129 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Georgia. Click to go there
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
A Georgia Historical Society Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Georgia have been marked with history. Check out Appling County, Turner County and Bacon County. We've only found two historical markers in the first and one in each of the other two. Visiting one or more of these parts of Georgia might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 7, 2023