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In December 1857, a bill passed in the Georgia State Senate that carved out everything in Baker County to the east of the Flint River into a new county called Mitchell. It was to be named after Gen. Henry Mitchell, who had served valiantly in the Revolutionary War and had continued his public service as a leader in the Georgia legislature for many years. David West, a local resident, provided 50 acres at the center of the new territory for the organization of a new county seat and the construction of a new courthouse and other public buildings. In fewer than 12 months, construction was underway, and the town of Camilla had been incorporated. It was named after Camilla Mitchell, the 19-year-old granddaughter of General Mitchell.
ISBN: 9780738553566
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
It has now been almost exactly 150 years since these events unfolded, and Warren Royal, a Camilla native, has selected these vintage images from several local collections to tell the fascinating story of Camilla, its people, and its progress during those years. Royal has collected hundreds of vintage postcards and images over the years and developed a popular historical Camilla website. Diane Dixon, the coauthor and Royal's mother, is a current longtime Camilla resident.
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