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County Formed December 15, 1824
County Seat Thomaston
Incorporated Cities Thomaston and Yatesville
Total Area 327.490299 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 27636 to its current population estimate of 26256, the county has experienced a growth change of -1380.

Upson County, in west central Georgia, was created from Pike and Crawford counties and established on December 15, 1824. It was named in honor of the noted Georgia lawyer Stephen Upson (1784/5-1824) just four months after his death. It is also the birthplace of John B. Gordon, a major general in the Confederate army and a governor of Georgia.

Thomaston, the county seat. Incorporated June 11, 1825, was named for General Jett Thomas, a hero of the War of 1812 (1812-15).

Points of Interest

Auchumpkee Covered Bridge, located in the southeastern part of the county, is an exact replica of the 1892 bridge that was destroyed in the floods that swept through the state in 1994. Federal disaster-relief money paid for covered-bridge craftsman Arnold

Sprewell Bluff is a 200-acre area of climbing river bluffs formed by the Flint River as it cuts through Oak Mountain. A three-mile trail winds along the bank. The Sprewell Bluff State Park offers 1,372 acres for fishing, hiking, picnicking, horseshoes, and volleyball.

The Sprewell Bluff State Park, located in Upson County, is an 1,500 acre facility featuring hiking trails, picnic areas, and river access for canoers and kayakers. Other facilities geared toward outdoor activities include the Thunder Scout Reservation and the Gerald I. Lawhorn Canoe Base and Training Center.

Higher Education

Flint River Technical College

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Ritz Theater, Thomaston

Upson County Courthouse, Thomaston

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