Polk County

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Old-Time Polk

Mr. J.A. Prior, of Esom Hill, brought to our of­fice the other day some ex­tracts from an old book, “His­tor­i­cal Col­lec­tions of Ge­or­gia,” which was ded­i­cated by the au­thor to Jas. Hamil­ton Couper, Hon. Geo. R. Gilmer and Hon. Jos. H. Lump­kin. It has the fol­low­ing to say of this sec­tion, which will be read with in­ter­est by our older cit­i­zens.

This is a new county laid out in 1851. It is bounded east by Pauld­ing, west by the state of Alabama, south by Car­roll, and north by Floyd and Cass. Length, 24 m; breath; 20 m.

(The county was) Named af­ter the late James K. Polk, Pres­i­dent of the United States.

The streams are Pump­kin Pile, Euharlee, Cedar, etc. In some parts the lands are of ex­cel­lent qual­ity, yield­ing cot­ton, corn, wheat, rye, etc. Cedar­town, in Cedar Val­ley, is the cap­i­tal, hand­somely lo­cated, 18 miles from Rome, 25 from Dal­las, and 9 from Cave Spring.

At Cedar­town is one of the finest lime­stone springs in the state. It is sur­rounded by a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral growth of cedar. The spring af­fords wa­ter suf­fi­cient to move ma­chin­ery of sev­eral horse-power. It is pro­posed to sup­ply the town with wa­ter by means of a hy­draulic ram. We feel pe­cu­liar plea­sure in stat­ing that the cit­i­zens of this county take a deep in­ter­est in the sub­ject of ed­u­ca­tion.

At Cedar­town there is an ex­cel­lent school called the Wood­lawn Sem­i­nary un­der the di­rec­tion of the Rev. Mr. Wood, a gen­tle­man of very su­pe­rior qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

The in­sti­tu­tion is yet in its in­cip­i­ency, but we feel con­fi­dent that it will soon oc­cupy a high rank among the many re­sorts of learn­ing of which Ge­or­gia may justly be proud.

The fol­low­ing are the names of some of the per­sons liv­ing in the county at the time of its or­ga­ni­za­tion, viz; Thomas H. Sparks, Dr. E. H. Richard­son, Wm. Peek, Asa Prior, Col. Springer, R. C. Gib­son, Wm. F. Janes, W. E. West, G. W. West, James O. Griggs, B. F. Bigelow, W. O. B. What­ley, B. Crabb. The first Su­pe­rior court in this county was held on the sec­ond Mon­day of Septem­ber 1852.

From The Cedar­town Stan­dard, Cedar­town, GA., March 20, 1919

A fol­low-up: oh how the times have changed. Where once horses pow­ered every­thing, now we rely on ma­chines of all kinds for do­mes­tic, agri­cul­tural, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial pur­suits. Think of what peo­ple in 1919 would have done with an iPhone in their pocket, for in­stance?

Polk County’s out­put to the world in many ways does remain what it was in 1919. The farm­ers here pro­duce a lot of cot­ton and corn, and the wa­ter is still some of the best in the state. Some things change, oth­ers don’t. - KM

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