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Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA

"Augusta, a handsome city of Georgia, the capital of Richmond co., is on the Savannah River, 271 miles from its mouth, and at the E. terminus of the Georgia Railroad, 171 miles E. by S. from Atlanta, 132 miles by railroad N.N.W. of Savannah, and 137 miles W.N.W. of Charleston. It is the W. terminus of the South Carolina Railroad, and is connected with Savannah by a branch of the Georgia Central Railroad. The Port Royal Railroad extends from this city southeastward 112 miles to Port Royal in South Carolina. Augusta is also the S.W. terminus of the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad, and is the head of steamboat navigation on the river. The city has 7 rail roads and 9 railroad connections. It is the third city of the state in population and wealth. The streets are wide, straight, cross one another at right angles, and are lighted with gas and electricity. Three bridges over the river connect Augusta with Hamburg, S.C. It is the seat of the Medical College of Georgia, which was founded in 1832 and has 12 professors. Among the prominent public buildings are the city hall, the Richmond Academy, the masonic hall, the medical college, and the orphan asylum. Augusta contains 33 churches, 3 hospitals, 2 convents, several banks, employing a capital of $2,600,000, a high school connected with a system of graded public schools, and newspaper offices issuing 3 daily and 5 weekly papers. The machine shops of the Georgia Railroad are located here, besides which there are several iron-foundries and machine-shops, glass-works, planing-mills, flour-mills, cotton-mills, a brewery, rope-factory, tobacco-factory, &c. The prosperity of Augusta has been promoted by the construction of a canal 9 miles long, which affords immense water-power for manufacturing purposes. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence-Hall, Walton, and Guinnett—are buried in this city. Pop. in 1860, 12,493; in 1870, 15,389; in 1880, 21,891; in 1890, 33,400."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • 1736 - Augusta, Georgia founded

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  • 1779 - British captured Augusta

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  • 1781 - Augusta retaken by Patriot forces

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  • 1794 - January 11 - Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties.

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  • 1804 - April 4 - A large tornado crossed six Georgia counties killing at least eleven persons near Augusta.

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  • News 1827 - Destructive Fire - The Augusta Courier of the 2d inst. gives annexed account of a destructive fire in that place
    This city was aroused from its peaceful slumbers this morning about 2 o'clock by the terrific cry of fire! The devouring element had made such progres...Read MORE...


  • Augusta, Georgia, USA
    Partridge Inn

    "The Partridge Inn began as a two-story house, built in 1816. The home originally belonged to George Walton, the governor of Georgia and one of the state's three signers of the Declaration of Independence. The home was later... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - January 24 - Arsenal at Augusta, Ga seized by Confederacy

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  • 1881 - Hurricane kills 700 in Georgia and South Carolina
    Savannah and Augusta, Ga., experienced severe damage when this hurricane came ashore in August 1881. Several barrier islands were completely submerged...Read MORE...


  • News 1887 - A BIG FIRE IN AUGUSTA. THE OPERA HOUSE AND OTHER BUILDINGS BURNED - LOSS, $200,000.
    Augusta, Ga., Feb. 12. - Hardly had the crowd left the matinee performance of "Lady Audiey's Secret," by MRS. BOWERS, when the cry of fire was given a...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - ORPHAN ASYLUM BURNED.
    Augusta, Ga., August 11. - The Augusta orphan asylum, a magnificent five story building, was almost entirely destroyed by fire today. The fire departm...Read MORE...


  • Augusta, Georgia, USA
    1st Presbyterian Church
  • Augusta, Georgia, USA
    The Forrest Hills Ricker Hotel

    "Announcing ... The Forrest Hills-Ricker Hotel - Opening January 1, 1927.

    The management will be the same as that which has made Poland Spring the leading American hotel, known throughout the world. The entire... Read MORE...

  • 1904 - April 21 - Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

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  • News 1910 - TORNADO BLOWS AWAY SMALL BOY. AUGUSTA, GA., IS VISITED BY WIND, WHICH RAGES 62 MILES AN HOUR. ONE WOMAN BADLY HURT.
    Trees Uprooted, Roofs Blown Off and Wires Damaged.

    Augusta, Ga., June 3. — As a result of a tornado here last night which reached a velocity of six...Read MORE...


  • News 1916 - MILLIONS GO UP IN FLAMES AT AUGUSTA AS BUSINESS DISTRICT IS BURNED. WIND MAKES FIREMEN HELPLESS. SEVEN HUNDRED HOMES ARE DESTROYED. MILITIA PATROLS STREET.
    FIRE IS CONTROLLED WHEN DIES OUT - COMPANIES FROM OTHER CITIES HELP OVERWORKED FIREMEN IN AUGUSTA

    Augusta, Ga., March 23. - Twenty blocks in the re...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Augusta, a city of Georgia, capital of Richmond co., is on the Savannah River, 231 miles from its mouth, and on the Central R. of Georgia, the Souther...Read MORE...


  • News 1921 - BIG FIRE LOSS IN AUGUSTA, GA. BUSINESS HOUSES GUTTED BY BLAZE; HOTEL DESTROYED. CAUSE OF BLAZE STARTING IN HARRISON BUILDING IS NOT DETERMINED. HOTEL GUESTS FLEE IN NIGHT CLOTHES.
    PLATE GLASS WINDOWS MELTED BY HEAT - NO LIVES REPORTED AS LOST.

    Augusta, Ga., Nov. 26. - At 5:45 today firemen succeeded in bringing under control ...Read MORE...


  • 1934 - Masters Golf Tournament began at Augusta National Golf Club

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Partridge Inn

"The Partridge Inn began as a two-story house, built in 1816. The home originally belonged to George Walton, the governor of Georgia and one of the state's three signers of the Declaration of Independence. The home was later... Read MORE...

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1st Presbyterian Church

Augusta, Georgia, USA
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The Forrest Hills Ricker Hotel

"Announcing ... The Forrest Hills-Ricker Hotel - Opening January 1, 1927.

The management will be the same as that which has made Poland Spring the leading American hotel, known throughout the world. The entire... Read MORE...
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  • 1736 - Augusta, Georgia founded
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1779 - British captured Augusta
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ gatimeln.htm
  • 1781 - Augusta retaken by Patriot forces
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ gatimeln.htm
  • 1794 - January 11 - Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties.
    historyorb.com
  • 1804 - April 4 - A large tornado crossed six Georgia counties killing at least eleven persons near Augusta.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • News  1827 - Destructive Fire - The Augusta Courier of the 2d inst. gives annexed account of a destructive fire in that place
    This city was aroused from its peaceful slumbers this morning about 2 o'clock by the terrific cry of fire! The devouring element had made such progres... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - January 24 - Arsenal at Augusta, Ga seized by Confederacy
    historyorb.com
  • 1881 - Hurricane kills 700 in Georgia and South Carolina
    Savannah and Augusta, Ga., experienced severe damage when this hurricane came ashore in August 1881. Several barrier islands were completely submerged... Read MORE...

  • News  1887 - A BIG FIRE IN AUGUSTA. THE OPERA HOUSE AND OTHER BUILDINGS BURNED - LOSS, $200,000.
    Augusta, Ga., Feb. 12. - Hardly had the crowd left the matinee performance of "Lady Audiey's Secret," by MRS. BOWERS, when the cry of fire was given a... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - ORPHAN ASYLUM BURNED.
    Augusta, Ga., August 11. - The Augusta orphan asylum, a magnificent five story building, was almost entirely destroyed by fire today. The fire departm... Read MORE...

  • 1904 - April 21 - Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
    historyorb.com
  • News  1910 - TORNADO BLOWS AWAY SMALL BOY. AUGUSTA, GA., IS VISITED BY WIND, WHICH RAGES 62 MILES AN HOUR. ONE WOMAN BADLY HURT.
    Trees Uprooted, Roofs Blown Off and Wires Damaged.

    Augusta, Ga., June 3. — As a result of a tornado here last night which reached a velocity of six... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Augusta, a city of Georgia, capital of Richmond co., is on the Savannah River, 231 miles from its mouth, and on the Central R. of Georgia, the Souther... Read MORE...

  • News  1916 - MILLIONS GO UP IN FLAMES AT AUGUSTA AS BUSINESS DISTRICT IS BURNED. WIND MAKES FIREMEN HELPLESS. SEVEN HUNDRED HOMES ARE DESTROYED. MILITIA PATROLS STREET.
    FIRE IS CONTROLLED WHEN DIES OUT - COMPANIES FROM OTHER CITIES HELP OVERWORKED FIREMEN IN AUGUSTA

    Augusta, Ga., March 23. - Twenty blocks in the re... Read MORE...

  • News  1921 - BIG FIRE LOSS IN AUGUSTA, GA. BUSINESS HOUSES GUTTED BY BLAZE; HOTEL DESTROYED. CAUSE OF BLAZE STARTING IN HARRISON BUILDING IS NOT DETERMINED. HOTEL GUESTS FLEE IN NIGHT CLOTHES.
    PLATE GLASS WINDOWS MELTED BY HEAT - NO LIVES REPORTED AS LOST.

    Augusta, Ga., Nov. 26. - At 5:45 today firemen succeeded in bringing under control ... Read MORE...

  • 1934 - Masters Golf Tournament began at Augusta National Golf Club
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ gatimeln.htm

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