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This Day in Georgia History

December 24, 1827

Act Founded Columbus

Gov. John Forsyth signed an act directing him to appoint five commissioners to select a 1200-acre site on the state-owned Coweta Reserve (which was near Coweta Falls on the Chattahoochee River) and to lay out a “trading town” to consist of at least 500 half-acre town lots plus a 10-acre square for construction of public buildings for officials of Muscogee County’s government. The legislation incorporating the new town designated its name as Columbus.