While there are many residents within Fulton County, Georgia, if you asked them facts about this particular county, they would probably draw a blank. In this post, we’ll discuss the facts and a brief history lesson of how Fulton County, GA came to be.
The History of Fulton County, Georgia
As the 144th county created within the state of Georgia, it was named after Robert Fulton in honor of the man who revolutionized river transportation. Robert Fulton also helped developed the southern part of the state and who later on went to build The Clermont, a commercial steamboat. Some argue that the name of the county was taken on due to a different gentleman, named Hamilton Fulton. However, proponents of this argument often fall short of providing the reasoning.
Another little tidbit that many people who aren’t from Atlanta don’t know, is that the county seat of Fulton is in fact, Atlanta. Furthermore, there are more highly populated incorporated cities throughout this particular county than most other counties throughout Georgia. This list includes Atlanta, Alpharetta, College Park, Fairburn, Chattahoochee Hills, East Point, Johns Creek, Mountain Park, Hapeville, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Palmetto, and Union City.
Fulton County’s Natural Resources
Since Fulton County is at the bottom of the Appalachian Mountains, pine forests flourish due to the climate. This not only helps the state produce hardwood for commercial uses, but also helps residents feel more ‘at one’ with nature. There are plenty of outdoor activities which bring in a lot of tourists every season, particularly to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
Fulton County’s Geography
The county envelopes almost 530 sq. miles. From its northern end to its southern, it measures 70 miles. The main source of water for Fulton County is the Chattahoochee River. One of the main parking lots for the river is right by our Fulton County location. Although many water purification plants must be used to get this water to a drinkable state, its steady stream from the north provide more than enough water for the residents. Besides just providing drinking water, tourists love to fish for trout. If you aren’t the fishing type, you might join in on “shooting the ‘Hooch’” which simply means to get on some float-able devices (rafts, tubes, etc.) and float down the river. It makes a great lazy afternoon adventure.
Fulton County’s Higher Education
While I’ll list some common attractions in a later paragraph, it’s important to realize that people don’t just move to Fulton County, Georgia in search of outdoor entertainment or sight-seeing activities. Fulton County’s court system has made it very easy for universities (both public and private) to operate. Therefore, Fulton is home to Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Oglethorpe University, Mercer University, The Georgia Institute of Technology, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Atlanta Christian College.
The Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta Christian College, and Mercer University.