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Decatur County Historical Markers


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Attapulgite
  • Location: Off Englehard Way Attapulgus


There are many types of Fullers Earth clay. Attapulgite is a unique type, found in the USA only in Decatur County, GA and Gadsden County. FL. It is also found in Spain, Russia , and China. The unique nature of Attapulgite is, when mixed with fresh or salt water, it forms a gel. With new processes of refining oil, this no longer a major use. Other uses have been developed in cosmetics, paint, medicine, dry wall taping, and oil drilling. All processing of the clay was moved to Quincy, FL in 1998. Some mining is still being done in the area.

Erected by Friends of Attapulgus High School in 2008