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Haralson County

Date Built1972
Architecture StyleModern
DesignerI.E. Saporta
Seat InformationThe legislation creating Haralson County authorized the justices of the county's new inferior court to designate the site of the county seat, to purchase the land, to lay out and sell town lots, and to arrange for construction of a courthouse and other public buildings. Until a county seat was selected, the law provided that Haralson County elections and public business take place in Tallapoosa (which then was in Carroll County). At some point thereafter, the inferior court designated the settlement of Buchanan as county seat. The General Assembly incorporated Buchanan as a town on Dec. 22, 1857 (Ga. Laws 1857, p. 177).
Courthouse DetailsInformation about Haralson County's early courthouses is unclear. In 1891, the county began construction of a large red brick courthouse with clock tower that was completed the following year. That building still stands on the town square where it was built and serves as a museum and offices of the Haralson County Historical Society. In 1972, the county built a modern two-story brick courthouse approximately one-half mile from downtown Buchanan.
County Data
Population 200025,690
Population Growth12.0
County SeatBuchanan
County Area283.2 Square Miles
Location MapHaralson County Location Map

Haralson County was created from Carroll and Polk counties on Jan. 26, 1856 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1855-56, p. 110). Haralson County’s original boundaries were specified in that act as:

Beginning at the south-west corner of the eighth district of Carroll county, running thence along the line dividing the eighth and ninth districts of said county of Carroll to the south-east corner of the eighth district of said county Carroll, running thence to the south-east corner of lot of land number one hundred and forty-three in the sixth district of said county Carroll, thence running north to the north-east corner of lot of land number four hundred and eighty-two, in the twentieth district and third section of now Polk county, running thence due west to the State line dividing Georgia and Alabama, thence along said line south to the place of beginning.

Georgia’s 113th county was named for former congressman and general Hugh A. Haralson (1805-1854).

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Legal OrganHaralson Gateway-Beacon
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Historical Population
2010 28,780
2000 25,690
1990 21,966
1980 18,422
1970 15,927
1960 14,543
1950 14,663
1940 14,377
1930 13,263
1920 14,440
1910 13,514
1900 11,922
1890 11,316
1880 5,974
1870 4,004
1860 3,039