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Old 09-28-2013, 02:45 PM   #76
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Meriwether County, Greenville GA






Location: Greenville

Date Built: 1904

Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

Designer: J.W. Golucke



Meriwether County's first courthouse reportedly was a two-story brick building constructed in 1832. The courthouse was badly damaged by a tornado in 1893 -- but it was rebuilt and served until the current courthouse was completed in 1904. In 1976, a fire destroyed much of the building -- except for the brick exterior walls. In a restoration begun in 1977 and completed in 1980, the courthouse was rebuilt within the original walls. The interior, however, was significantly altered to provide more office space. The courthouse rotunda was eliminated, a basement dug, and the ceiling space reduced to allow three floors instead of two. A French bell weighing one-half ton was installed in the clock tower, and a statue of the female muse Justice placed on top of the tower.
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:50 PM   #77
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Pike County Courthouse, Zebulon GA






Location: Zebulon

Date Built: 1895

Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival/Colonial Revival

Designer: Golucke & Stewart



Pike County's first courthouse was a simple wooden structure built in Newnan. After Zebulon was designated county seat in 1825, a brick courthouse was erected on the public square. The structure was replaced by the present courthouse in 1895.


County History: Pike County was created on Dec. 9, 1822 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1822, p. 21). The county was organized by acts of Dec. 23, 1822 (Ga. Laws 1822, p. 23) and Dec. 20, 1824 (Ga. Laws 1824, p. 45). Later, parts of Pike County were used to help create the following counties: Upson (1824), Spalding (1851), and Lamar (1920).

Georgia's 56th county was created from Monroe County and named for Gen. Zebulon Pike (1779-1813), noted Western explorer who was killed during the War of 1812.
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #78
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Lamar County Courthouse, Barnsville GA






Location: Barnesville

Date Built: 1931

Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

Designer: Eugene C. Wachendorff




Other Information: For the first decade after its creation, Lamar County did not have a courthouse. Rather, county officials rented office space in Barnesville, while the local Masonic Hall was used for court sessions. A new courthouse was constructed in 1931, and this building is still in use. In 1986, the courthouse windows were altered.


County History: On Aug. 17, 1920, the General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create Lamar County from Monroe and Pike counties (Ga. Laws 1920, p. 45). In that year's general election, Georgia voters ratified the proposed amendment on Nov. 2, 1920, which marks the date of Lamar County's creation (although a state historical marker on the courthouse grounds incorrectly cites the county's creation as the day the legislative act proposing the constitutional amendment was approved).

Why was Lamar County created by constitutional amendment instead of an act of the General Assembly? In 1904, Georgia voters had approved a constitutional amendment limiting the number of counties in the state to 145. The next year, the General Assembly created eight new counties, bringing the total number to 145 -- the constitutional limit. Nevertheless, there was continuing pressure to create more counties. Beginning in 1906, lawmakers got around the 145-county limitation by creating new counties through constitutional amendments that were not subject to the limitation. By 1924, Georgia had 161 counties -- 16 of which had been created by constitutional amendment. On Jan. 1, 1932, Milton and Campbell counties merged with Fulton, leaving 159 counties. In 1945, Georgia voters ratified a new constitution -- one which provided an absolute limit of 159 counties, with an additional provision (see text) that no new country could be created except through consolidation of existing counties.

Lamar County was named for Georgia-born Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1825-1893). Lamar had served as a U.S. Representative and Senator from Mississippi, and as U.S. Secretary of Interior under Pres. Grover Cleveland. At the time of his death in Vineville, Ga., Lamar was serving as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 1920 constitutional amendment creating Lamar County provided that Barnesville serve as county seat. Barnesville began in 1820 as a stagecoach stop in what was then Monroe County on the old Alabama Road running from Macon westward. It was named for Gideon Barnes, who operated a stage line and owned a tavern here. In 1822, Barnesville was included in the portion of Monroe County used to create Pike County. The legislature incorporated Barnesville by an act of Feb. 20, 1854 (Ga. Laws 1853-54, p. 211).
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:59 PM   #79
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Upson County Courthouse, Thomaston GA








Location: Thomaston

Date Built: 1908

Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

Designer: Frank P. Milburn



Georgia's 59th county was named for Stephen Upson, a noted Georgia lawyer of the times. Born in 1784 or 1785 in Waterbury, Conn., Upson graduated from Yale University in 1804. Because of health reasons, he moved southward -- first to Virginia, and then in 1807 to Lexington, Ga. Here, he practiced law and became a respected friend of William Crawford. Upson died in Aug. 1824 at age 40 and was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Lexington. Although it is not clear that Upson ever served in public office, his reputation as an attorney and jurist led the General Assembly to name a new county in his honor four months after his death.

Legislation organizing Upson County approved on Dec. 20, 1824, directed the justices of the county's first inferior court to select the site for the county seat, which was to be as near the center of the county "as convenience will admit" (Ga. Laws 1824, p. 45). The justices selected a site on the principal road through the county almost in the geographic center of the new county. It is not clear whether a settlement already existed on this site -- but in any event, the site selected for the county seat became known as Thomaston (named for Gen. Jett Thomas, who fought in the War of 1812 and earlier built the University of Georgia's first building in Athens and the state capitol at Milledgeville). On June 11, 1825, the legislature incorporated Thomaston and designated it as Upson's county seat (Ga. Laws 1825 Ex. Sess., p. 23).
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:22 PM   #80
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Crawford County Courthouse, Knoxville GA and the Texas Connection....







The Texas Connection : Joanna Troutman, aged 18 years and living in Crawford county sewed a silk flag with a five pointed blue star and the words "Liberty or Death". She presented this flag to a battalion of Georgia volunteers who were leaving to fight in the Texas Revolution in 1835. This flag influenced the current design of the Texas state flag. A 'lone star' was not used in any version of a flag that flew for Texas until 1836.



Around 1890, a new railroad was built through the middle of Crawford County following a north-south route. For whatever reason, the railroad's path came near -- but skipped -- the county seat. A train station was built one mile southwest of Knoxville, which became known as Roberta. In the years that followed, most Knoxville residents moved to Roberta. Eventually, Knoxville ceased functioning as a town, although its charter was never repealed. By the 1990s, Knoxville was one of over 100 Georgia towns that provided few if any services to their citizens but legally retained the status of an incorporated municipality. In an effort to deal with this problem, the General Assembly enacted legislation in 1993 mandating that any incorporated city in Georgia must provide its citizens with at least three municipal services or lose its charter (O.C.G.A. sec. 36-30-7.1). Though given a grace period to comply, over 100 small or inactive towns -- including Knoxville -- lost their municipal charters on July 1, 1995. At that point, they became unincorporated communities under the jurisdiction of their county governments. Today, Crawford, Columbia, and Echols are the only Georgia counties with an unincorporated community serving as county seat.

In an act of Dec. 23, 1822, the legislature authorized Crawford County's initial inferior court to select a site to serve as county seat and provide for construction of a courthouse (Ga. Laws 1822, p. 23). The same act provided that until a courthouse could be built, Crawford County courts and elections would be held at the house of Imlay Vansciver. In Dec. 1823, the legislature designated Knoxville as county seat. At some point thereafter, Crawford County's first courthouse was built. That structure burned in 1829 or 1830. The following year, construction of a new courthouse began. The new building was completed in Jan. 1832. Since then, there have been numerous repairs and remodeling, with extensive interior renovations and construction of a small addition in the late 1960s. In 2001-02, a new courthouse was built one block behind the old courthouse.

The new county courthouse :



The locals were not too impressed with the new court house when the clock tower sank and caused extensive damage to the roof.
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Nice haul today Travis. You don't mess around! Do appreciate the effort. I'll have a couple to add tomorrow when I get home.
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Jones County Courthouse, Gray Georgia







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Incorporated Date: December 10, 1807
Population: 27,542
Total Area: 393.8 sq mi

Jones County, carved from Baldwin County in 1807, recognizes James Jones, a Savannah attorney. At 23, Jones began his service in the state legislature and later attended the state constitutional convention of 1798. Gray, the county seat, is named for a family promi*nent among the region's early settlers.

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Morgan County, Madison Georgia





Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,868.The county seat is Madison, Georgia.

History

While many believe that Sherman spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn during his March to The Sea, the truth is that Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill. Hill had ties with General Sherman's brother at West Point, so his sparing the town was more political than appreciation of its beauty. Currently, Madison has one of the largest historic districts in the state of Georgia, and tourists from all over the world come to marvel at the antebellum architecture of the homes. Madison is the home of Southern Cross Guest Ranch, the only dude ranch in Georgia.

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Hall County Courthouse, Gainesville Georgia



Hall County is a county located in the US state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 139,277. It is included in the Gainesville, Georgia, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the greater Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Gainesville, Georgia-Alabama Combined Statistical Area. Explosive growth is evident, with the census for 2010 census showing a population of 179,684. Gainesville is the county seat and most populous city.

History

Hall County was created on December 15, 1818, from Cherokee lands ceded by the Treaty of Cherokee Agency (1817) and Treaty of Washington (1819).
The county is named for Dr. Lyman Hall, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of Georgia as both colony and state.
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According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 429.19 square miles (1,111.6 km2), of which 393.66 square miles (1,019.6 km2) (or 91.72%) is land and 35.53 square miles (92.0 km2) (or 8.28%) is covered by water.
The Chattahoochee River gathers strength in Hall County, as immortalized in Sidney Lanier's poem, "Song of the Chattahoochee":

OUT of the hills of Habersham,
Down the valleys of Hall,
I hurry amain to reach the plain,
Run the rapid and leap the fall,
Split at the rock and together again,


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Old 09-29-2013, 06:08 PM   #85
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Jackson County, Jefferson Georgia



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Jackson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,485.[1] The county seat is Jefferson.

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On February 11, 1796, Jackson County was split off from part of Franklin County, Georgia. The new county was named in honor of Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel, Congressman, Senator and Governor James Jackson. The county originally covered an area of approximately 1,800 square miles (4,662.0 km2), with Clarkesboro as its first county seat.
In 1801, the Georgia General Assembly granted 40,000 acres (160 km2) of land in Jackson County for a state college. Franklin College (now University of Georgia) began classes the same year, and the city of Athens was developed around the school. Also the same year, a new county was developed around the new college town, and Jackson lost territory to the new Clarke. The county seat was moved to an old Indian village called Thomocoggan, a location with ample water supply from Curry Creek and four large springs. In 1804, the city was renamed Jefferson, after Thomas Jefferson.
Jackson lost more territory in 1811 in the creation of Madison County, in 1818 in the creation of Walton, Gwinnett, and Hall counties, in 1858 in the creation of Banks County, and in 1914 in the creation of Barrow County.
The first county courthouse, a log and wooden frame building with an attached jail, was built on south side of the public square; a second, larger, two-story brick courthouse with a separate jailhouse was built in 1817. In 1880, a third was built on a hill north of the square. This courthouse was the oldest continuously operating courthouse in the United States until 2004, when the current courthouse was constructed north of Jefferson.





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Clarke County, Athens Georgia (Go Bulldogs!)



Clarke County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 116,714. Its county seat is Athens, with which it is a consolidated city-county.
The Athens-Clarke County (balance) is the principal city of and is included in the Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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Clarke County was created in 1801 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 5. It was named for Revolutionary War hero Elijah Clarke and included 250 square miles (647.5 km2) that was formerly part of Jackson County. Colonel Clarke played a leading role the 1779 victory at the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County. The Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a monument to him in Broad Street in Athens.
As the population of the county grew in the early 19th century, its agricultural and cotton industries prospered. The adjacent plantation harvests flowed through city mills. Manufacturing and textile production operations were the major industries in Clarke County, especially after the railroad reached Athens in 1841. Athens and Clarke County were second only to Savannah and Chatham County in the amount of capital invested in manufacturing in the 1840s.
Two skirmishes were fought in Clarke County in 1864, during the American Civil War, one near Barber's Creek and the other near Mitchell's Road. Athens was occupied by the Union Army on May 29 and a provost-marshal took charge. Formal military occupation of the ended by December 1864, though Union troops remained in the county until early 1866.
In 1801 the Clarke County Commission had selected Watkinsville (now in Oconee County) as the county seat. All county offices, including the courts and jail, moved to Athens when the seat was moved on November 24, 1871. County meetings took place in the old Athens town hall, until a new courthouse was constructed in 1876. The present courthouse was built in 1914.
On February 12, 1875, in response to complaints over the relocation of the county seat to Athens, the state legislature created Oconee County from the southwest portion of Clarke County, making Watkinsville its seat. Clarke County thus lost one-third of its population and three-fifths of its land area.
The position of "commissioner of roads and revenue" was created by the legislature for what are today known as county commissioners. As an extension of the state, the county would conduct welfare and health programs, build and maintain roads, and hold courts of law.
On March 29, 1973, the Georgia legislature increased the number of county commissioners from 3 to 5, also adding a county administrator.
In 1990, the residents voted to unify the city and county governments creating Athens-Clarke County, the second (after Columbus-Muscogee County) unified city-county government in the state of Georgia.


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looks like you got a few yourself......

looks like you got a few yourself......

I enjoyed getting above the fall line. The elevation lines start getting a little closer together up that way! I haven't decided if I'll be north or south of the 33rd parallel this weekend. I think there is a threat of rain starting saturday. Last week's ride included over an hour in heavy rain as I returned to the house after getting the courthouses. I try to keep that sort of thing to a minimum (especially when I can't be bothered to stop and put on the rain gear).

I've learned more Georgia history in the last few weeks than ever before.
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looks like you got a few yourself......

I enjoyed getting above the fall line. The elevation lines start getting a little closer together up that way! I haven't decided if I'll be north or south of the 33rd parallel this weekend. I think there is a threat of rain starting saturday. Last week's ride included over an hour in heavy rain as I returned to the house after getting the courthouses. I try to keep that sort of thing to a minimum (especially when I can't be bothered to stop and put on the rain gear).

I've learned more Georgia history in the last few weeks than ever before.
It's a good learning experience, that's for sure.

It's strange to think it took me all these years to want to learn something about Georgia's history. I use to drive through these towns years ago sitting in my car and I could have cared less about what went on years ago. Somehow, being on the bike has brought about a new appreciation for things other than my immediate surroundings. I can't really explain it, but I like it!

Travis, let's get together sometime.

61 down, only 98 left to go!

EDIT: Had to add some file photos on a couple. For some reason I was thinking Federal Buildings were the same as county. Duhh. Being on the bike for hours must have dulled the senses. I'll have to make the trip back to Athens and Gainesville so I can capture the real deal, not a mistake I'll make twice.

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Let's do that.
I almost fell into the federal courthouse trap twice myself!

Crap! I only have 60 marked off on my list....... 30 for me & 30 for the others in the group.

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Let's do that.
I almost fell into the federal courthouse trap twice myself!

Crap! I only have 60 marked off on my list....... 30 for me & 30 for the others in the group.

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