Georgia - Fast Facts & Trivia

  • The locomotive engine, known as the General, is housed in the Big Shanty Museum in Kennesaw. It was stolen in the Andrews Railroad Raid in 1862 and later featured in The Great Locomotive Chase, a popular movie.
  • The Little White House in Warm Springs was the restful home of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • In 1942, Jekyll Island was a private resort that was sold to the state by the owners, a group of millionaires.

  • Providence Canyon State Park, near Lumpkin, is known as the Little Grand Canyon of Georgia.

  • The Cherokee Rose is the official state flower, the living oak the official tree; and the brown Thrasher the official bird.

  • The United States Highway 27 runs along the entire length of Georgia and is known as Martha Berry Highway, named after a pioneer educator.

  • Marshall Forest in Rome is the only natural forest within a city boundary in the United States.

  • The popular Six Flags Over Georgia theme park was named after six flags flying over Georgia. England, Spain, Liberty, Georgia, Confederate States of America and the United States.
  • The name of the famous South Georgia swamp, the Okefenokee, is derived from an Indian word meaning the trembling earth.

  • Brasstown Bald Mountain is the highest point in Georgia. It has a height of 4,784 feet.

  • The Cyclorama is a three-dimensional panorama showing the famous Battle of Atlanta, located in Grant Park, Atlanta.

  • Thomasville is known as the city of roses.

  • Chickamuga National Park is the site of the bloodiest battle in American history.

  • Plains is home to Jimmy Carter, the 39th President.

  • The characters of Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee form the largest sculpture in the world. It is located on the front of Stone Mountain. In addition, Robert E. Lee's horse Traveler is also carved in the same place.

  • Savannah was the landing pad for General James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia.

  • The world's largest infantry training center is located in Fort Benning.

  • The largest farmer's market of its kind is in Forest Park.

  • Ralph Bunch, diplomat of the United States, was the first Georgian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Callaway Gardens is a world famous family resort known for its azaleas.

  • Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world to be chartered to give graduation degrees.

  • Madison is known for its beautiful pre-war houses that were spared during Sherman's fiery march to the sea.

  • Chehaw in Albany is a well-known wildlife park.

  • Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon is the largest archaeological development east of the Mississippi.

  • Athens is the site of the first university to be chartered and supported by state funds.

  • Okefenokee Swamp covers over 400,000 acres of canals; Moss-draped cypresses and Lily pad prairies provide protected areas for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife, including several endangered species.

  • Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie Estate. In addition, wild horses graze between windswept dunes.

  • The late John F. Kennedy Jr. and his future wife were in Kingsland on their way to their wedding on Cumberland Island.

  • Historic Saint Marys Georgia is the nation's second oldest city.

  • The city of Savanna was the first steamer to cross the Atlantic. It sailed from Georgia.

  • Ways Station was renamed on May 1, 1941 Richmond Hill and took the name of the winter estate of the automaker Henry Ford.

  • The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach has found a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress named the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and now has a total of 3,000 acres.

  • On 19 January 1861, Georgia joined the Confederation.

  • The official state fish is the largemouth bass.

  • In Gainesville, the chicken capital of the world, eating chicken with a fork is illegal.

  • Georgia was named after King George II of England.

  • Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.

  • Georgia is the largest producer of three Ps - peanuts, pecans and peaches.

  • At the Hawkinsville Civitan Club, the annual Shoot the Bull Barbecue Championship, people from all over Georgia and the surrounding states are pouring into this small town in South Georgia to enjoy their delicious barbeque concoctions in this famed cooking-off. The funds raised by this event will benefit the Civitan International Research Center and its work on curing Down syndrome and other developmental disorders.

  • Every year, Georgia hosts the International Poultry Trade Show, the world's largest poultry fair.

  • The oldest portable steam engine in the US is on display at Historic Railroad Shops in Savannah.

  • The Vidalia onion, known as the sweetest onion in the world, can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville

  • Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi.

  • Georgia's population in 1776 was around 40,000.

  • Cordele claims to be the watermelon capital of the world.

  • The annual Masters Golf Tournament is played at the Augusta National in Augusta every first week of April.

  • Georgia is often referred to as Empire State of the South and is also known as Peach State and Cracker State.

  • In 1828, Auraria, near the city of Dahlongea, was the site of the first gold rush in America.

  • Coca-Cola was launched in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton invented in Atlanta, Georgia. The name "Coca-Cola" was used by Dr. Pemberton's accountant Frank Robinson suggested. He wrote the name Coca-Cola in the flowing font that is famous today. Coca-Cola was first sold by Willis Venable in a soda fountain at Jacobs Pharmacy in Atlanta.

  • Berry College in Rome has the world's largest college campus.

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