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This Day in Georgia History

August 18, 1919

Georgia Called for U.S. to Make Okefenokee a National Park

The Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution calling on Congress to designate the Okefenokee Swamp a national park. The action represented an about face from a Feb. 26, 1854 act of the General Assembly that described the Okefenokee as “a large tract of unimproved, and at present worse than useless land” and called on the governor to hire an engineer to study the possibility of draining the Okefenokee in order to make it fit for settlement and cultivation.