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This Day in Georgia History

January 29, 1952

Lake Sidney Lanier Officially Named

Gov. Herman Talmadge signed a joint resolution of the General Assembly officially naming the new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multi-purpose lake north of Atlanta as Lake Sidney Lanier in honor of the famous Georgia poet. The lake was formed by building a large hydroelectric dam across the Chattahoochee River, and Sidney Lanier was well-known for his poetic tribute to the river, “Song of the Chattahoochee.”