Ludowici, Georgia

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Ludowici (pronounced "Loo'duh-wi'-see") is a city in Long County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,440 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Long County[3]. It is a part of the Hinesville-Fort Stewart metropolitan statistical area.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, Ludowici has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), of which 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) is land and 0.45% is water. Ludowici is located 30 miles from the coast and is nestled between the Georgia towns of Jesup, Darien, Hinesville/Ft. Stewart, and Glennville.

Originally called Johnston Station, it was incorporated on August 23, 1905. The city was later renamed after William Ludowici. Ludowici was a German immigrant who contributed substantially to the construction of the county high school.

Properties in Ludowici include an IGA grocery store and Dollar General. Ludowici's chain restaurants include a Subway, Dairy Queen, and a Huddle House. Local restaurants include L&B's Southern Fried Chicken and Debbie's Diner.

The main natural attraction is the Altamaha River, and Ludowici features extended swamp land across the county.

The Ludowici Brick and Tile Company employed most people that resided in Long County in the early 20th century. The company produced the Ludowici tile, a distinctive clay roofing material that was popular among contractors in Florida at that time. A number of homes in the city still display these distinctive roofs. The Ludowici Tile is now a favorite for residents living in the west, including California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona. Tiles prices range from $25 to $50 each.

The town gained notoriety during the 1950s and 1960s for its aggressive traffic enforcement policies. The American Automobile Association went so far as to specifically label Ludowici as a speed trap. Allegedly, members of the local police force were engaging in manipulation of the timing of the traffic signal downtown so as to catch unsuspecting out-of-area motorists 'running' a suddenly changed red light. The switch for the stop light was located in the barber shop. This activity subsequently came to an end when then-Governor Lester Maddox stated that the practices of the Ludowici police were giving the entire state a bad reputation.

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