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County Formed December 18,1833
County Seat LaFayette
Incorporated Cities Chickamauga, LaFayette, Lookout Mountain, and Rossville
Total Area 447.055704 square miles

History

From its county population in 2000 of 61135 to its current population estimate of 68218, the county has experienced a growth change of 7083.

Walker County was created in 1833 from Murray County and named after Major Freeman Walker, an Augusta lawyer and U.S. senator.

The county seat is LaFayette, incorporated in 1835 as Chattooga. A year later the name was changed to honor the Marquis de Lafayette.

The Battle of Chickamauga, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, was fought in Walker County in 1863; the Battle of LaFayette took place in 1864, and numerous skirmishes occurred throughout the war.

Points of Interest

Perhaps the best-known attraction in the county is Lookout Mountain. Shared with Tennessee and Alabama, Lookout Mountain offers miles of scenic views, opportunities for hang gliders and spelunkers, and a variety of tourist attractions, including Rock City

Other points of interest include the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park; John B. Gordon Hall (formerly Chattooga Academy; named for Civil War general John B. Gordon), the oldest extant brick school building in Georgia, completed in 1836; the John Ross House, a two-story log house built in 1797; and Lee and Gordon's Mills, a saw- and gristmill built in the 1830s and rebuilt just after the Civil War.

Notable Citizens

There are several notable people from Walker County including John Ross who was the "Principle Chief" of the Cherokees for forty years. He also served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson. Another interesting person from Walker County was Garnet Carter, the inventor of the first miniature golf course, which was on top of Lookout Mountain. He was also the leading force behind the Rock City attraction.

Higher Education

Northwestern Technical College and Covenant College.

County http://www.walkerga.us/
Chamber of Commerce http://www.walkercochamber.com/
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A barn in rural Walker County


The county is rich in Civil War History


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