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Valdosta, located in Lowndes County in the wiregrass region of southern Georgia, was founded in 1860, when the county seat was moved 4 miles east from Troupville to meet the railroad that would connect the region with Savannah. The town was named for the residence of former governor George Troup, who named his home after the Valle d'Aosta region of northern Italy. The town took some time to begin substantial growth, but after the Sea Island cotton market boomed in the late 1800s, the town entered a period of expansion that has rarely slowed. Currently, Valdosta is home to several major highways, a state university, a nationally known amusement park, and an Air Force base.
ISBN: 9780738582115
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Images of America: Valdosta features photographs chosen primarily from the Lowndes County Historical Society and the Valdosta State University Archives that represent how the city has evolved since its founding. They have been selected and assembled by Michael O. Holt, assistant archivist at Valdosta State University. Holt is a lifelong resident of South Georgia and has had a deep personal and professional interest in the history of the area for a number of years.
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