Com­pro­mise leads to Pow­der Springs’ name

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Where d id Pow­der Springs get its name?

Pow­der Springs, about 10 miles south­west of Ma­ri­etta in Cobb County, got its name in 1859 from the ma­jor seven springs lo­cated in the city.

The wa­ter in those springs con­tained about 26 el­e­ments, in­clud­ing ar­senic, as listed at the Seven Springs Mu­seum in Pow­der Springs.

Those min­er­als turned the sur­round­ing sand black, like gun pow­der, ac­cord­ing to Ju­lia E. Kil­gore, an as­sis­tant at the mu­seum at the Bod­i­ford House in down- town Pow­der Springs.

“The ( Chero­kee a nd Creek) in­di­ans who lived here wanted to call the city Gun­pow­der Springs and the early set­tlers wanted to call it Springville, so there was a toss up,” said Kil­gore, who has worked at the city mu­seum 20 years. “They set­tled on Pow­der Springs.”

The city was in­cor­po­rated as Springville in 1838, but changed its name to Pow­der Springs 21 years later.

“Prospec­tors had found gold in the state 10 years ear­lier, and so get-richquick hope­fuls flocked to Springville to mine and pan more. De­spite their ef­forts, the prospec­tors found lit­tle in the mines at Lost Moun­tain and off Brownsville Road,” ac­cord­ing to the state.

The first set­tlers came to this area look­ing for gold, but found lit­tle in the mines at Lost Moun­tain and off Brownsville Road. How­ever, the min­er­als in the springs were be­lieved to con­tain heal­ing pow­ers.

“With that Springville be­came known as a bus- tling health re­sort,” ac­cord­ing to Pure­ly­pow­der­springs. com. “The only way to get the full ef­fect of this natu- ral med was to stay here for ex­tended amount of time and drink it.”

At the same time, the U.S. gov­ern­ment had forced the Chero­kee In­di­ans off their lands and marched them to Ok­la­homa on the “Trail of Tears,” ac­cord­ing to to Ge­or­gia.gov.

Most of the springs are on pri­vate prop­erty and not big.

One lo­cated on pub­lic prop­erty at Pow­der Springs Park off Brownsville Road was capped, Kil­gore said. This spring was the most pop­u­lar and for many years the city’s only sup­ply of pub­lic wa­ter.

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