City of Griffin
|Incorporated||December 24, 1843|
|Address||231 East Solomon St.
Griffin, Georgia 30224
Griffin, the county seat of Spalding County, is named for General Lewis Lawrence Griffin, the first president of the Monroe Railroad. Griffin was incorporated on December 24, 1843 when the city was within Pike County. The city is referred to as “The Iris City” because the Flint River Iris Society promotes and grows irises, with an iris show in spring and an iris sale in late summer.
Griffin is home to the Oak Hill Cemetery where many of the city’s founders and important persons are buried. Infamous Old West cowboy icon, John “Doc” Holliday, who gambled and gunslung with Wyatt Earp, was born in Griffin.
The last weekend in April is the Great Griffin Mayfling, a two-day festival that takes place at Griffin City Park. Also, the Taste of Downtown, a celebration of live entertainment and culinary delights, is held annually in Griffin.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Griffin had a population of 23,451 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 10.0%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.