Powder Springs, Georgia

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Powder Springs is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 12,481 at the 2000 census. Census estimates for 2005 show 14,507 people living in Powder Springs.



The town of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee Indian chiefs, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater). Gold had been discovered in Georgia ten years earlier, and the first area settlers came to find gold. They found little in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this same time that the Cherokee people were forced off their land and marched to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.

The name Springville was changed to Powder Springs in 1859. This name was derived from the seven springs in the city limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the name Gunpowder Springs.[3]

American Civil War history includes a skirmish at Lattermore's Mills on June 20, 1864, that was a part of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and General Sherman's Atlanta Campaign.[4]

Powder Springs is home to the McEachern High School, a school that is located on the site of the former indian burial ground and Seventh District Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) School. The late Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell attended the Seventh District A&M School. The administrative building of McEachern High School is named for Senator Russell. Other schools serving Powder Springs include Hillgrove High School, Tapp Middle School, Lovingood Middle School, Varner Elementary, Compton Elementary, and Powder Springs Elementary.

Pat Cannon (1904-1966), a United States Representative from Florida, was born in Powder Springs, as was actress Robyn Lively.

In 1996, Clark, Judy, Laura, Lindsey, and Neil McNitt, a Powder Springs family, were killed aboard ValuJet Flight 592, which crashed into the Florida Everglades on May 11, 1996 after takeoff from Miami, Florida, enroute to Atlanta. The McNitts and 105 others were killed.

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