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This Day in Georgia History

December 28, 1838

Chattooga County Created

Gov. George Gilmer signed an act creating Chattooga County as Georgia’s 93rd county. Created from portions of Floyd and Walker counties, the county was named for the Chattooga River, which flows through the county joining the Coosa River in Alabama. The origin of the name “Chattooga” came from the Cherokee town of Cha tu’ gi in western South Carolina, and in fact the name was applied to the river that divides Rabun County from South Carolina - which gives North Georgia two Chattooga rivers.

Image of Chattooga County Created View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government