Bleckley County

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In 1868, Dykesboro was incorporated as Cochran. The Macon and Brunswick Railroad enabled the community to ship cotton and corn and receive needed goods. As the town began to grow, education was always promoted by the churches. Ebenezer Academy, founded in 1884, became Middle Georgia College. In 1912, Bleckley County was created, and the county courthouse began operation on January 1, 1914. The local economy was good, and World War I brought a period of prosperity due to the need for food and fiber. In the 1920s, the boll weevil devastated the agricultural cotton economy and the Great Depression brought loss of economic wealth and financial hardships that were not relieved until after World War II.
ISBN: 9780738585918
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lonnie Barlow is a Cochran native who has practiced law in Bleckley County since 1971. He is a graduate of Cochran High School, Tulane University, and Mercer Law School. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. In October 1993, he appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Hall versus Bleckley County, in which the sole commissioner form of government in Bleckley County was upheld in a 5-4 decision. He was named the official historian of Cochran and Bleckley County by proclamation issued August 26, 2004, by Cochran mayor Charles D. Killebrew and Sole County commissioner Billy R. Smith.
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