Dawson County, Georgia

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Dawson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 3, 1857 from Gilmer and Lumpkin counties. As of 2000, the population is 15,999. The 2007 Census Estimate showed a population of 21,484.[1] The county seat is Dawsonville.[2]

It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Dawson County is named for William Crosby Dawson, a U.S. Senator from Georgia.


Civil War

The 1860s brought war and hardships to the people of Dawson County. The men of Dawson County answered the call and went to defend their homes from the invading Federal Army. The following Confederate units were raised in Dawson County.

21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company E Concord Rangers

22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company I, Dawson County Independents

38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company I (Wright's Legion), Dawson Farmers

38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company L (Wright's Legion)

52nd Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Company I


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the has a total area of 214 square miles (554.3 km2), of which 211 square miles (546.5 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (1.36%) is water.

Part of Lake Lanier is in the southeastern part of the county and the boundary line with neighboring counties passes through the lake. The 729-foot (222 m) Amicalola Falls, are located in the county. The Amicalola Falls are the highest in Georgia, the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. The highest point in the county is Black Mountain, with an elevation of 3,600 feet (1,100 m). 6,760 acres (27.4 km2) in the county are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Chestatee and Etowah rivers flow through Dawson County.

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