14 Facts About Athens Georgia


Athens Georgia lies about 70 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, and is a satellite city of the capital.

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In 1991, after a vote the preceding year, the original City of Athens Georgia abandoned its charter to form a unified government with Clarke County, referred to jointly as Athens Georgia–Clarke County.

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Metropolitan Athens Georgia is a component of the larger Atlanta–Athens Georgia–Clarke County–Sandy Springs Combined Statistical Area.

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Athens Georgia officially became a town in December 1806 with a government made up of a three-member commission.

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Athens Georgia became known as the "Manchester of the South" after the city in England known for its mills.

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In 1833 a group of Athens businessmen led by James Camak, tired of their wagons getting stuck in the mud, built one of Georgia's first railroads, the Georgia, connecting Athens to Augusta by 1841, and to Marthasville by 1845.

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In 1961, Athens witnessed part of the civil rights movement when Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes became the first two black students to enter the University of Georgia.

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Athens Georgia is home to a growing number of young technology companies including Docebo, Roundsphere, and Cogent Education.

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Athens Georgia has no direct passenger rail service; the closest Amtrak stations are in Atlanta, Gainesville, and Toccoa.

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Train service to Athens Georgia ended with the last run of the Silver Comet in 1969.

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Into the same period, the Central Railroad of Athens Georgia ran mixed passenger and freight trains south to Macon's Terminal Station.

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Athens Georgia is served by two major hospitals, the 359-bed Piedmont Athens Georgia Regional and the 170-bed St Mary's Hospital.

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Piedmont Athens Georgia Regional was formerly Athens Georgia Regional Medical Center before being acquired by Piedmont Healthcare in 2016.

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City of Athens Georgia maintains trade development programs, cultural, and educational partnerships in a twinning agreement with Bucharest, Romania.

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