Lumpkin County, Georgia

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Lumpkin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 21,016. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 26,554.[1] Its county seat is Dahlonega.[2]

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History

Lumpkin County was created on December 3, 1832. The county was named for former governor of Georgia Wilson Lumpkin. Lumpkin's daughter, Martha Atalanta Lumpkin Compton, was the source for the city name of Marthasville (which was the previous name for Atlanta).

Many also attribute Atlanta's name to Martha's middle name of Atalanta; however, there are conflicting accounts[3][4] which suggest the name Atlanta was derived as the feminine form of Atlantic (Atlanta being one end of the Western & Atlantic Railroad) by John Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad.

Gold was discovered in the county near Auraria in the 1830s, and the U.S. government briefly had a mint in Dahlonega as a result until 1860. Gold from the county was later used on the roof of the Georgia State Capitol.

Agriculture and Agritourism are top business industries. Since the mid 1990s, Lumpkin County has been recognized as "The Heart of Georgia Wine Country." Five vineyards and wineries are located in the county.

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