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Fort Gaines
Clay County, Georgia


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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Georgia state capital is Atlanta.
The population of Fort Gaines is approximately 1107 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 542 (1990), 433 (2010).
The amount of land area in Fort Gaines is 12.414 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 7.578 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fort Gaines to Washington DC is 686 miles.
The distance to the Georgia state capital is 151 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fort Gaines is positioned 31.62 degrees north of the equator and 85.05 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

Fort Gaines was built during 1816 and named for Brevet Major General Edmund P. Gaines. He was a Virginian who joined the U.S. Army when 22 years old, serving as second and first Lieutenant in the Sixth Regiment of Infantry. The fort built in Fort Gaines was not much more than a barricade of logs and palisades, which during 1817 and 1818 became a place of refuge for white settlers, frightened by threats and acts of hostility from Indians.
Today, Fort Gaines is a city on a bluff above the Chattahoochee River. George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge is located about 3 miles outside of town. The Fort Gaines Lock & Dam is the second largest this side of the Mississippi. There are two bed and breakfasts, The John Dill House and the Sutlive House. Mr. David Campbell will soon open his museum depicting life as it was lived long ago. A post office, a soda fountain, petticoat counters, farm implements, etc. will intrigue the visitor. Each year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Fort Gaines hosts "Christmas at the Fort" with hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors. This year, the date is November 21 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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Fort Gaines Community Events

First Annual Antique Fair
Date: Saturday, October 3, 1998
Time: from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Place: Carroll Street in Fort Gaines
Sponsored by: Fort Gaines Recreation Dept. & the SQCR Chamber of Commerce

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