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County Formed February 13, 1850
County Seat Calhoun
Incorporated Cities Calhoun, Fairmont, Ranger, Resaca and Plainville
Total Area 358.009701 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 44378 to its current population estimate of 56047, the county has experienced a growth change of 11669.

Gordon County was created in 1850 from parts of Floyd and Bartow counties. The 93rd county formed in the state was named after William Washington Gordon, who was president of what was then the Central Railroad and Banking Company and later became the Central of Georgia Railroad.

Calhoun was named for Senator John Calhoun. Originally, it was called Dawsonville. Calhoun was virtually wiped out by Sherman's troops little more than a decade after being incorporated in 1852 but was rebuilt after the war.

General William T. Sherman took the early stages of the campaign for Atlanta directly through Gordon County, making his headquarters for a time in Calhoun, at what is now Oakleigh, the home of the Gordon County Historical Society.

Points of Interest

Gordon County is the home of New Echota, which was once the capital of the Cherokee Nation. It was the birthplace of the written Cherokee language and the newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix.

The county has numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. The Chattahoochee National Forest makes up a large part of the western part of the county. The Coosawattee and Conasauga rivers join to form the Oostanaula River, and there is also the Salacoa Creek Park, a 343-acre park with a 126-acre lake.

Notable Citizens

Gordon County was home to Roland Hayes, an internationally recognized classical singer in the 1920s. The Roland Hayes Museum, on the second floor of the new Harris Arts Center, is located in downtown Calhoun.

Higher Education

Coosa Valley Technical College has a satellite campus in Calhoun

Annual Events

Each year a reenactment of the Battle of Resaca, the first battle on Atlanta Campaign, is held on the third weekend of May.

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Confederate Cemetery, Resaca

New Echota State Historic Site

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