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Dekalb County, Georgia

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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.


Statistics & Facts

The Georgia state capital is Atlanta.
The population of Decatur is approximately 17,336 (1990), 19335 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 8,230 (1990), 8599 (2010).
The amount of land area in Decatur is 10.77 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Decatur to Washington DC is 552 miles.
The distance to the Georgia state capital is 7 miles. (as the crow flies)
Decatur is positioned 33.77 degrees north of the equator and 84.29 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

One of the oldest cities in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, Decatur was founded in 1823. It is also the county seat of Dekaub County. The Old courthouse in Downtown Decatur served as the hub for community events long ago and remains the focus today. It is located where two Indian trails crossed. Now many community activities such as festivals are held in the area today.
The city of Decatur was named for Stephen Decatur, who was a Naval hero in his day. It was incorporated on December 10, 1823. When the Western and Atlantic Railroad wanted to make Decatur a major stop on its line in the early 1830's, the people of Decatur didn't want all that would accompany the rail line and vetoed the proposal. The stop was moved about 7 miles down the road to a small area called Terminus. Later, that area was renamed Marthasville. Then two years after that was named Atlanta. During the Civil War, the Union troops moved into Decatur in July of 1864 which finally ended in the Battle of Decatur. It turned out to be one of the few victories for Confederate troops during the Battle of Atlanta time frame.
As Decatur grew during the 1980's, the city leaders wanted a way to revitalize the downtown area. Some wanted a redevelopment program which would have demolished much of the area. Another plan was presented called the "Town Center Plan", which would revitalize rather than raze the area. Because of this there is a wonderful "ambiance" in the downtown area unique to Decatur.
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The founding of Decatur


The incorporation of Decatur

10 December 1823


1998 was our 175th birthday as a city. 1823 - 1998
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Decatur City Government

Official website for Decatur, Georgia

Decatur has had a commission-manager form of government since 1920.

Decatur Chamber

The Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce
2577 Park Central Boulevard
Decatur, GA 30035.
Please call us at (770) 322-8980
Fax:(770) 322-0283

Decatur Community Events

Church Youth Groups
Assembly of God Tabernacle
Place: 1580 Agape Way
Time: 7:30 p.m.
When: Every Wednesday
Boys and Girls ages 3&4 and Girls - Kindergarten through High school
Come be a part of a awesome, exciting club! We meet every Wednesday night at the Tabernacle. The girls break apart into age/grade groups. Missionettes are a biblically based girls group and you will LOVE it!

Decatur Organizations

The Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce
2577 Park Central Boulevard
Decatur, GA 30035.
Please call us at (770) 322-8980
Fax:(770) 322-0283

Decatur Schools

Decatur School Board
320 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404/370-4400

DeKalb County School System
3770 North Decatur Road
Decatur, Georgia 30032
Phone: 678-676-1200
Fax: 678-676-0785

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