Louisville, Georgia

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Louisville is a town in Jefferson County, Georgia, United States. It is the former capital of Georgia and is the county seat of Jefferson County[3]. It is located southwest of Augusta on the Ogeechee River, and its population was 2,712 at the 2000 census. Though the town was named for France's King Louis XVI, it is always pronounced English-style, as "Lewis-ville."

Louisville was laid out in 1786 as a prospective state capital. It was named for Louis XVI, who at that time was still reigning. It was named after him because of his recent help to the American Revolution. Construction on the city began later, and its state buildings were completed in 1795. The town of Louisville served as the state capital of Georgia from 1796 to 1806.

Louisville's historic market house still stands in the center of downtown. The original market house bell is still on display as well.

As a small town and county seat, there are many significant business and industries in Louisville now, including the county government. Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company, formerly First National Bank and Trust Company, was founded in 1902 and is currently headquartered in Louisville on U.S. Highway 1.



Louisville is located at 33°0′15″N 82°24′17″W / 33.00417°N 82.40472°W / 33.00417; -82.40472 (33.004291, -82.404588)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, this town has a total area of about 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,712 people, 994 households, and 664 families residing in this town. The population density was 755.5 people per square mile (291.7/km²). There were 1,123 housing units at an average density of 312.8/sq mi (120.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 65.93% African American, 33.63% White, 0.04% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population. There are 1,156 males and 1,488 females that reside in Louisville.[5]

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