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Bowdon in Carroll County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of Bowdon College

1857-1936

 
 
Site of Bowdon College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, May 20, 2010
1. Site of Bowdon College Marker
Inscription.  Bowdon College was Georgia’s fifth chartered institution of higher education and first coeducational institution. Bowdon was a frontier community of merchants and yeomen who nourished the growth of a school where earnest students of limited means bettered their lives and their communities.

The college closed its doors briefly when all but two of the students (one blind, one with no arms) entered the Confederate Army. The president, Charles A. McDaniel, and 128 of the 144 students died in the War. Only twice in the history of the school did Bowdon citizens depend upon state funds to sustain the school. After the Civil War Bowdon was one of five Georgia colleges commissioned to provide free tuition to poor and maimed Confederate veterans. The program ended in 1869, and the trustees of the college, under financial strain, boldly voted to become coed. An act creating Bowdon State Normal School was passed in August, 1919.

State funding for Bowdon was terminated but the citizens rallied and continued Bowdon as a junior college from 1934 to 1936. Graduates have carried the honor of the institution into our state and national capitals
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and throughout the world. From her halls have come educators, doctors, lawyers, journalists, judges, bankers, farmers, industrialists, governors, and senators. “The college that was founded in the wilderness” has become “the Athens of the West”.
 
Erected 1993 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 022-7.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 33° 32.248′ N, 85° 15.651′ W. Marker is in Bowdon, Georgia, in Carroll County. Marker is on West College Street (Georgia Route 166) 0 miles west of College View Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker is at the edge of the student parking lot at the the Bowden High School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 504 West College Street, Bowdon GA 30108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whatley Memorial Historic Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Last Land in Georgia Ceded by the Creeks (approx. half a mile away); First “REA” Substation in Carroll County
Site of Bowdon College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, May 20, 2010
2. Site of Bowdon College Marker
(approx. 9 miles away); University of West Georgia (approx. 9.9 miles away); Carrollton (approx. 11.1 miles away); Hernando de Soto in Alabama (approx. 11.1 miles away in Alabama); Six Industrial Giants (approx. 11.2 miles away); Dixie Street (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Site of Bowdon College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Judith Barber, November 11, 2012
3. Site of Bowdon College Marker
Whatley Memorial Historical Park is located in the rear of the school parking lot beside the museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,716 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   3. submitted on November 11, 2012, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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