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Georgia Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 22, 2021

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Georgia ranks seventh 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 545 cities and towns lying in 537 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 5,156 historical markers in Georgia, by our count. We have cataloged 5,139 historical markers and 449 war memorials—each individually presented on 5,395 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 3.6% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 17 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.

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 January 21, 2021, and titled Site of the First Clay County Courthouse and Jail. It is in Fort Gaines in Clay County and had been erected in 2014. 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
2,543 • Civil War
686 • Settlements and Settlers
534 • Churches and Religion
465 • Parks and Recreational Areas
442 • Industry and Commerce
359 • Education
318 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
307 • Colonial Era
297 • Native Americans
286 • African Americans
    ... 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—2,543 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 686 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 January 16, 2021, and titled The War Between the States. It had been erected in Nashville in Berrien 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 Old Savannah Cotton Exchange is the most viewed entry in the database from Georgia since it was added in 2008. It is located in Savannah in Chatham County. This year so far, the most viewed Georgian entry is located in Blakely in Early County. It is Early County Peanut Monument.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Georgia county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Catoosa County, with 802 of them. It is followed by Chatham County with 493 markers. The Fort Oglethorpe area of Catoosa County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 760. In Chatham County the area with the most markers, 316, is Savannah.

Historical Markers in These
Georgia Counties
802 • Catoosa County
493 • Chatham County
367 • Fulton County
358 • Walker County
190 • Cobb County
165 • Muscogee County
152 • Glynn County
136 • Richmond County
103 • Bartow County
99 • DeKalb 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 760 markers in or near it. And Savannah also shows up again in next place, with 316 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 30742 at the top of the list with 963 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 276 markers. (31401 is assigned to Savannah GA.)

Historical Markers Near These
Georgia Cities and Towns
760 • Fort Oglethorpe
316 • Savannah
252 • Atlanta
236 • Fort Oglethorpe
150 • Columbus
132 • Augusta
109 • Marietta
94 • Pooler
82 • Washington
68 • Chickamauga
    ... 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 was uploaded on July 28, 2020, and is titled The night Ringgold will always remember — April 27, 2011, 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 James L.Whitman, January 20, 2021
Latest Entry from Georgia
“Site of the First Clay County Courthouse and Jail”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Savannah. The first: Birthplace of Eighth Air Force, was added December 27, 2007. It had been erected in 1966. The last: A Storeroom By Any Other Name added on January 1, 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1875: Silence, added on July 2, 2009.

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 2,027 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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Jan. 22, 2021