Cartersville, Georgia is rooted in history from the pre-historic Leake
Mounds and Etowah Indian Mounds, to numerous sites recalling the valor
of the Civil War. Following the dissemination of the Mississippian Mound
Builders' culture, Creek Indians inhabited the region until driven
south by the Cherokees in the late 18th Century. Despite adopting a civilized
lifestyle, the discovery of gold in north Georgia in 1828 numbered the
Cherokees' days here in their "Enchanted Land."
The State of Georgia created 10 counties from Cherokee territory, one of
which was Cass County. Cassville became the county seat and Cartersville
sprang up just to the south along newly created rail lines and former
stagecoach routes. Originally called Birmingham, the community was frequently
visited by a prominent north Georgia planter and entrepreneur Col. Farrish
Carter, who jokingly suggested that due to his many visits, the town should
change its name to Cartersville; and the town residents did just that.
The county seat was burned in November 1864, and reconstruction was greatly
impaired because Cassville's citizens had kept the railroad from entering
the pristine community. As a result Cartersville was reincorporated as
the new county seat in 1872.
Historically Cartersville's economy has been derived from the mining
industry, and the community reflects this today in the red clay and iron
pours at Red Top Mountain State Park, to Antebellum iron works at Cooper's
Furnace Day Use Area, and in the Weinman Mineral Gallery at Tellus Science
Museum. Even the local high school's football "mascot,"
the Cartersville Hurricanes, gets its name from nearby Hurricane Hollow,
an ore deposit located in Cartersville's popular Pine Mountain Recreation Area.
Today major manufacturers such as Toyo Tire North America, Anheuser-Busch
Brewery, Shaw Industries, Komatsu and Vostelpine employ thousands throughout
north Georgia. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the four seasons of
the north Georgia mountains, plentiful recreation areas in and around
Allatoona Lake, and unique museums such as the Booth Western Art Museum
and Tellus Science Museum, both honored as
Downtown Cartersville is a great destination for the town's best restaurants,
and a variety of eclectic places to shop. Two performing arts theatres
anchor the historic square where the city's 20,000+ residents gather
throughout the year for festivals, farmer's markets and more.
Come take a look around!
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