Augusta, Georgia

Augusta is located in the east central section of Georgia.

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Augusta is the second largest and oldest city in Georgia with a population of 195,844 residents (2010).

About Augusta

The Garden City of the South. Masters, one of the four major championships in professional golf, is held each year at the Augusta National Golf Club.

To See And To Do In Augusta

Augusta Museum of History


Fort Discovery - National Science Center

Augusta Canal Authority

The statue of James Brown - Broad Street

Augusta Riverwalk

The Morris Museum of Art

The Grotto of the Holy Iris

Augusta Mall

History Of Augusta

I Augusta was founded in 1735. The settlement was established in 1736 by the British General James Oglethorpe and Augusta was named for the Princess of Wales. In 1739, construction began on a road to connect Augusta to Savannah. This made it possible for people to reach Augusta by horse and more people began to migrate to Augusta. In 1750, the first church, Saint Paul's Church, was built. In 1779, the British Major-General, Sir Archibald Campbell, captured the town. but soon left when American troops came. In 1780 the Broad Street and Summerville district was established.

In 1816, the first steamboat reached the town. In 1828, the first textile mill was built. In 1834, the Old Medical College Building was completed. In 1837, the Augusta Chronicle was published. The railroad was built in 1845, giving Augusta a rail link to Atlanta. In 1847, the Augusta Canal was completed. Unlike most Southern cities, the Civil War and the years after was financially successful for Augusta. Augusta had become one of the largest inland cotton markets in the world. In 1867, the Morehouse College was established. In 1882, the Sibley Mill was completed, and Paine College was established to serve black students. In 1898, the Sacred Heart Cultural Center was built.

In 1900, nearly 40,000 people lived in the city. In 1911, the Wright Brothers opened a flying school in the city. In 1916, a large fire destroyed over 700 buildings in the city. In 1918, the Imperial Theatre opened. In 1934, the Masters golf tournament for professionals began at Augusta National Golf Club. In 1837, buses was used instead of streetcars. In 1953, Hulk Hogan was born in the city. In 1960, the singer-songwriter Amy Grant was born in the city. In 1961, Ray Charles canceled a performance at the Bell Auditorium when he learned that the black people would be segregated from the whites and forced to sit in the balcony. In 1981, Edward M. McIntyre was elected as mayor and he was the first black mayor of Augusta.

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