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Georgia CountiesGeorgia is divided into 159 counties. Under the Georgia Constitution, Counties are granted home rule to deal with issues that are local in nature. Four consolidated city-Counties — Athens (Clarke County), Augusta (Richmond County), Columbus (Muscogee County), and Cusseta (Chattahoochee County) — exist.
Georgia has the second-highest number of Counties of any state in the United States, behind Texas (254). A few Georgia Counties have changed names over time. Jasper County was originally known as Randolph County. Later, the current Randolph County came into being. Webster County was once known as Kinchafoonee County, and Bartow County was formerly known as Cass County.
Lowndes County, Georgia
Lowndes County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Lowndes County is named for William Lowndes, a South Carolina statesman who died shortly after being nominated for Vice President of the United States.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Lowndes County is named for William Lowndes, a South Carolina statesman who died shortly after being nominated for Vice President of the United States. The county seat, Valdosta, was named for Governor George Troup's plantations, named for an Italian alpine valley, Val D'Osta.
Points of Interest
The county's numerous opportunities for recreation include Langdale Park, the county's newest park. The 5,000-acre Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area, 10 miles north of Valdosta, is the second largest cypress-blackgum bay in Georgia after the Okefenokee Swamp. Visitors to the Wildlife Management
Area can fish, canoe, birdwatch, hike, camp, and hunt.
Valdosta was the boyhood home of John Henry (Doc) Holliday from 1866-1972. The actual house was purchased and restored in 1981 for use as a residence.
Valdosta State University was originally founded in 1906 as South Georgia State Normal College for Women, and became part of the University of Georgia system in 1950.
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Chamber of Commerce http://www.greatervaldosta.com/
Additional County Info
The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"
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