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County Formed December 20, 1853
County Seat Atlanta
Incorporated Cities Alpharetta, Atlanta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Union City
Total Area 534.230786 square miles

History

From its county population in 2000 of 816662 to its current population estimate of 996319, the county has experienced a growth change of 179657.

Fulton County was formed from DeKalb County in 1853. In 1932, Milton and Campbell counties were consolidated with Fulton County, resulting in its current elongated shape. Three new cities were recently created out of the enitre unincorporated easten part of north Fulton: Chattahooche Hills, Johns Creek, and Milton.

The county was the 144th county created in the state and was named after Robert Fulton who built the Clermont, a boat that revolutionized river travel and played an important role in the development of the South.

Atlanta, the county seat and state capital, was named Terminus in 1842. Its name was later changed to Marthasville, in honor of Governor Wilson Lumpkin's daughter; it was later changed to Atlanta in 1848.

Points of Interest

Several of the state's top attractions are located in the county, including the Georgia Aquarium, Underground Atlanta, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, the World of Coca Cola Museum, CNN Headquarters, and Zoo Atlanta.

The State Capitol and the Governer's Mansion are both located in Atlanta. The Georgia Capitol is a gilded dome which resembles a small -scale version of the Captiol in Washington, D.C. The Governor's Mansion is a Greek Revival Mansion with a fine collection of Federal Period furnishings.

The High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Ballet all contribute towards the city's claim as the cultural capital of the South.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the annual college football post-season game which matches competitors from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference in a regional grudge match in the Georgia Dome.

The newly renovated CNN Center is the global headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System and home to CNN's international news networks.

Notable Citizens

Famous individuals from Fulton County have included golfer Bobby Jones, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. Other Atlanta natives include comedian Nipsey Russell, singer Gladys Knight, singer/songwriter Tommy Roe, and NBA Hall of famer Walt FrazierJr.

Higher Education

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta Christian College, and Mercer University.

Annual Events

Numerous festivals are held in Fulton County each year. The well known festivals include the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April, Music Midtown in May, the Peachtree Road Race in July, the Montreaux Music Festival in September, and the Festival of Trees i

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the annual college football post-season game which matches competitors from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference in a regional grudge match in the Georgia Dome.

County http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/
Chamber of Commerce http://www.metroatlantachamber.com/
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Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta


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