Chamblee, Georgia

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Chamblee is a city in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,552 at the 2000 census.

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History

The City of Chamblee was incorporated by the Georgia legislature on August 17, 1908. The name is a result of an 1885 petition for the U.S. Postal Service to establish a post office in what was then known as Roswell Junction. The U.S. Postal Service was concerned that the proposed name of Roswell Junction was too close to the nearby city of Roswell. The Postal Service then randomly selected the name "Chamblee" from the list of petitioner's names for the new post office.[3]

Chamblee's history is intertwined with three entities - dairies, railroads and the military. For years, Chamblee was known for its rolling hills and numerous dairies. Chamblee was located at the junction of two major railroads, and passengers traveling from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina barreled through Chamblee heading north. In 1917, Chamblee's dairy land was transformed into Camp Gordon. The new military installation was two square miles, with 1,200 buildings and home to 40,000 military personnel.[3]

After World War II, the city experienced a growth in its industrial areas, largely based on the opening of the General Motors plant in neighboring Doraville. Large corporations such as Frito-Lay, Kodak and General Electric built plants along the newly constructed Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.[3]

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