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Calhoun, the seat of Gordon County, is situated in the rolling Ridge and Valley geologic region of northwest Georgia. The long valley formed a natural migration pattern that influenced the area's settlement and is a strong economic factor today. Transportation arteries, from rivers to railroads to highways, remain a critical part of the city's development. The Cherokee Indians began the infamous Trail of Tears march near Calhoun. Later, Gen. William T. Sherman almost destroyed the village as he led his troops to the Battle of Atlanta. The region's cotton farmers supplied the early tufted-textile industry that evolved into enormous carpet and floor-covering businesses.
About the Author
Jane Powers Weldon, James W. Lay, and Dale Lowman are Calhoun natives. Weldon was an editor for Heldref Publications, director of publications for the Atlanta Historical Society, and coordinator of and contributor to the New Georgia Guide. Lay is president of the Gordon County Historical Society (GCHS) and a retired history teacher and curriculum director for Calhoun City Schools, which have long been known for their excellence. Lowman is an IS specialist for Shaw Industries and curator for the GCHS photograph collection, the primary source for Images of America: Calhoun.
Table of Contents
1 Land of the Cherokee 9
2 Calhoun Goes to War 19
3 Hot Times in the Old Town 27
4 School Days, School Days 43
5 Good Old Golden Rule Days 57
6 Taking Care of Business 71
7 All around the Town 99