Established in 1826, Troup County is located in west Georgia midway between Atlanta and Montgomery. The county name honors George Michael Troup, governor of Georgia when the United States purchased the lands from the Creek Indian Nation. Fertile lands, several Native American trails, and the Chattahoochee River, which cuts across the county, gave rise to early settlements. Rapid growth and development soon made Troup one of the leading counties in the state. Since the late 19th century, the county has moved from one with an agriculturalbased economy to an important industrial center where education has always been of prime concern. More than half of the residents now live in LaGrange, West Point, and Hogansville, towns with roots in the early days of the county.
About the Author
In Images of America: Troup County, authors Glenda Ralston Major, Forrest Clark Johnson III, and Kaye Lanning Minchew tell the story of the county from its earliest settlement days to the modern technological era. Using photographs donated by countless individuals and groups to the Troup County Archives and Georgia Department of Archives, they span the history of the county from 1826 to today. The authors have written several volumes about Troup County and west Georgia history.
Table of Contents
Antebellum through Civil War (1826-1865) 9
The New South (1866-1900) 17
Turn of the Century (1901-1915) 29
World War I and the Roaring Twenties (1916-1929) 43
The Great Depression and World War II (1930-1949) 61
Baby Boom Years (1950-1979) 87
More Recent Times (1980-Present) 111
Selected Bibliography 125