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Norcross in Gwinnett County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Thrasher Park

Named for the Founder of Norcross

Thrasher Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 18, 2008
1. Thrasher Park Marker
Inscription.  Norcross was chartered in 1870 through its founder, J.J. "Cousin John" Thrasher, and named for his good friend, Jonathon Norcross, the fourth mayor (1851) of Atlanta. "Cousin John" purchased tracts of land which he subdivided and sold as lots along the developing Richmond and Danville Railroad Line in Gwinnett County. The first train on this line ran to Atlanta in June 1870. Norcross was made an incorporated town by act of the State Legislature on October 26, 1870, and "Cousin John" was elected the first mayor. He laid out and donated a square of land for a park "so to be used for all time, never for industrial purposes of any kind." For a period of time the park became known as "Dodson Park" because Mr. Dodson, a superintendent of the railroad, had a pavilion built which was given to the city. The name was changed to "Thrasher Park" by unanimous act of the Norcross City Council on January 1, 1934. We pay deepest respect to "Cousin John" Thrasher whose name stays with us in our park, if not in the name of our town.
Erected by City of Norcross.
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Thrasher Park Marker and the park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 18, 2008
2. Thrasher Park Marker and the park
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Government & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1996.
Location. 33° 56.569′ N, 84° 12.809′ W. Marker is in Norcross, Georgia, in Gwinnett County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Drive and Buchanan Street, on the right when traveling west on Park Drive. The marker is located just inside Thrasher Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norcross GA 30071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brunswick Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Register of Historic Places – City of Norcross (about 500 feet away); Site of Norcross Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); "Holy Row" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Garrard's Cavalry at Buchanan's (approx. 3.2 miles away); State R.R. Survey (approx. 3.9 miles away); Logan’s 15th Corps & Garrard’s Cavalry (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norcross.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,432 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 12, 2022