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Dodge County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built1908
Architecture StyleNeoclassical Revival
DesignerE.C. Hosford
Seat InformationThe act creating Dodge County directed that its county seat would be station No. 13 on the Macon & Brunswick Railroad, which the act also recognized as being known as Eastman. The community that would eventually become Eastman was first settled around 1840. When the route of the Macon & Brunswick Railroad came through after the Civil War, the settlement became a train depot known as Station No. 13. In 1870, the town was named for William P. Eastman, a business associate of William Dodge who settled here that year. Eastman was incorporated on Oct. 27, 1870 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1870, p. 187).
Courthouse DetailsAfter the county creation, William Dodge had a two-story frame courthouse built at his expense - presumably in appreciation for the county having been named in his honor. In 1906 or 1907, this courthouse was torn down and replaced by the current two-story brick courthouse .
County Data
Population 200019,171
Population Growth13.7
County SeatEastman
County Area503.2 Square Miles
Location MapDodge County Location Map

Dodge County was created on Oct. 26, 1870 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1870, p. 18). Formed from portions of Montgomery, Pulaski, and Telfair counties, Dodge County’s original boundaries were defined as:

  That there shall be a new county laid out and formed of the thirteenth, (13th) fourteenth, (14th) fifteenth, (15th) sixteenth, (16th) nineteenth (19th) and twentieth (20th) land districts of originally Wilkinson county, (except that portion of said land districts numbers thirteen, (13) sixteen (16) and nineteen (19) which now lie in and constitute a part of Laurens county) now forming parts of the counties of Pulaski, Telfair and Montgomery; that said new county shall be called the county of Dodge. . . .

Dodge County’s borders with Pulaski and Telfair counties were adjusted in 1872, 1874, 1875, and 1876.

Georgia’s 136th county was named for former New York congressman and industrialist William Dodge (1805-1883). After the Civil War, Dodge served one term in Congress and then began purchasing large amounts of land in the area that would become Dodge County. Here, he established a number of lumber mills and is credited as one of the pioneers of Georgia’s timber industry.

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Legal OrganThe Dodge County News
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Historical Population
2010 21,796
2000 19,171
1990 17,607
1980 16,955
1970 15,658
1960 16,483
1950 17,865
1940 21,022
1930 21,599
1920 22,540
1910 20,127
1900 13,975
1890 11,452
1880 5,358