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Georgia Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 22, 2020

 
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 554 cities and towns lying in 535 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Georgia? There are least 5,095 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 5,083 historical markers and 439 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 5,331 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 4.0% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another twelve historical markers in Georgia that we donít 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 February 9, 2020, and titled Industry finds St. Marys:. It is in St. Marys in Camden County and had been erected in 2016. 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 Categories
2,534 • Civil War
670 • Settlements and Settlers
531 • Churches and Religion
457 • Parks and Recreational Areas
433 • Industry and Commerce
353 • Education
317 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
300 • Colonial Era
294 • Native Americans
277 • African Americans
    ... and more ...

Georgians donít 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 Waró2,534 of themóthan about any other historical category. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 670 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Civil War category was Shermanís 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 31, 2020, and titled The Civil War: Local Landmarks. It had been erected in 2016 in St. Marys in Camden County. The earliest marker erected with the Civil War category that we have listed was erected in 1869. It was In Memoriam, found in Griffin in Spalding County on September 3, 2012.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Georgia county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Catoosa County, with 801 of them. It is followed by Chatham County with 485 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, 308, is Savannah.

Historical Markers in These
Georgia Counties
801 • Catoosa County
485 • Chatham County
365 • Fulton County
357 • Walker County
190 • Cobb County
165 • Muscogee County
136 • Richmond County
124 • Glynn County
103 • Bartow County
99 • DeKalb County
    ... and more ...

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 308 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers itís 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 272 markers. (31401 is assigned to Savannah GA.)

Historical Markers Near These
Georgia Cities and Towns
760 • Fort Oglethorpe
308 • Savannah
249 • Atlanta
236 • Fort Oglethorpe
150 • Columbus
132 • Augusta
105 • Marietta
94 • Pooler
83 • Washington
68 • Chickamauga
    ... and more ...

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 November 26, 2019, and is titled The Ringgold Depot, 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 Brandon D Cross, January 18, 2020
Latest Entry from Georgia
“Industry finds St. Marys:”

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: Recreation on Crawford Square added on June 3, 2019. 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. We have 2,013 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

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Georgia have been marked with history. Check out Appling County, Bacon County and Turner County. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Georgia might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll 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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