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Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, USA

"Savannah, an important commercial city and port of entry of Georgia, is situated on the Savannah River. It is the terminus of the Central Railroad of Georgia, the Charleston & Savannah Railway, and the Georgia division of the Savannah, Florida & Western Railway. It is 18 miles from the sea, has a fine harbor, and its wharves are accessible to vessels drawing 22 1/ 2 feet. By current improvements, it is proposed to deepen the channel to 26 feet. he city is built chiefly upon an elevated plain 50 feet above low water, is handsomely laid out, having in the centre a beautiful park called Forsyth Place and within its limits some 30 small parks, besides one in the suburbs of 300 acres. Several of these are adorned with statues and fountains, and, like the streets, are shaded by live oaks, pines, magnolias, palmettos, and other native trees. There are monuments to General Nathanael Greene, Count Pulaski, and Sergeant Jasper, of Revolutionary fame; one in Court House Square to W. W. Gordon, the first president of the Central Railroad of Georgia, and one to the Confederate dead.

The city The city is built mostly of bricks, and many of its residences are handsome specimens of architecture. Among the public buildings the custom-house, county court-house, city exchange, cotton exchange, board of trade, Hodgson Hall (the library and depository of the Georgia Historical Society), the Guard's arsenal, Armory Hall, Savannah Hospital, masonic temple, Odd Fellows’ hall, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the theatre are worthy of note. There are in the city 39 churches (18 white, 21 colored), a cathedral, 3 synagogues, 3 hospitals, (one for colored), 9 banks with capital and surplus of $4,500,000, 6 savings-banks, the Bethesda Orphan House (established by Whitfield in 1740), the Female Orphan Asylum, the Infirmary for Colored People, and the Abrams (widows') Home. The chief of the churches are the Independent Presbyterian, St. John's (Episcopal), cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the synagogue of Mickva Israel. The public schools are well conducted, and liberal provision is made for the education of all classes.

The harbor of Savannah is one of the best on the south Atlantic coast, and the river is navigable for steamers to Augusta, about 200 miles (by channel) inland. Steamships run regularly to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, and a large business is carried on by steamers along the inland coast waterways. The chief articles of export are cotton (average 1,000,000 bales per annum), naval stores, rice, lumber, and phosphate rock, besides which the neighboring country supplies large freights of early vegetables. The value of its exports, foreign and coastwise, were in 1892 over $150,000,000.

Savannah has electric-light- and gas-works, water-works, 25 miles of electric street-railways, a cotton-factory, a knitting-factory, 3 ice-factories, 3 rice-pounding mills, 5 fertilizer factories, 1 cotton-seed oil mill, 7 planing-mills, 2 breweries, foundries, soap-works, steam-bakeries, and all of the many smaller manufacturing concerns necessary to the business of a large city. It was founded by General James Oglethorpe in 1733, and was chartered as a city in 1789. Its population in 1850 was 15,312; in 1860, 22,292; in 1870, 28,235; in 1880, 30,709; in 1890, 43,189."

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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  • 1733 - February 12 - Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah

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  • 1736 - February 5 - Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia

    onthisday.com

  • 1778 - December 29 - English troops occupy Savannah, Georgia

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  • Seige of Savannah - September 16 - October 18, 1779


  • 1782 - July 11 - British evacuate Savannah, GA

    www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/revolutionarywartimeline.htm

  • 1788 - January 20 - Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga

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  • January 10, 1800 - Savannah, GA, received a foot and a half of snow, and ten inches blanketed Charleston SC. It was the heaviest snowfall of record for the immediate Coastal Plain of the southeastern U.S.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1811 - Fight between sailors in Savannah caused three days of riots

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ gatimeln.htm

  • 1816 - THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER
    1816 has gone down in Almanac fame as the “poverty year,” and “eighteen hundred and froze-to-death.” It was comprised of a backward spring with record...Read MORE...


  • 1820 - Fire in Savannah destroyed 463 buildings; most residents homeless

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ gatimeln.htm

  • 1832 - December 24 - 1st US Negro hospital founded by whites chartered, Savannah, Georgia

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  • February 8, 1835 - A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to zero at Savannah GA.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • Savannah, Georgia, USA
    View of Savannah from the River

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton,... Read MORE...

  • Savannah, Georgia, USA
    Church, Bull Street

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

  • 1864 - December 21 - General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia

    historyorb.com

  • News 1868 - George Lieb, a colored carpenter of Savannah, Ga., fell backward from a third story scaffolding the other day,
    turned a complete somersault, struck squarely on his feet, looked around to see if any one was hurt, and quietly climbed back to his work.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 6, 1868

  • 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 1883 - AN IMMENSE COTTON FACTORY AND THREE HUNDRED OTHER BUILDINGS IN SAVANNAH, GA., BURNED - THREE LIVES LOST - DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT $1,000,000.
    Savannah, Ga., Nov. 1. - A conflagration which had its origin Wednesday noon in the large cotton warehouse of Garnett, Stubbs & Co., in this city, des...Read MORE...


  • News 1890 - FALLING WALLS. A SAVANNAH BOARDING HOUSE EITHER BLOWN UP OR COLLAPSED - THREE KILLED AND SIX INJURED.


    Savannah, Ga., July 24. - W. J. Bullard's three-story brick boarding house, 203 Congress Street, was blown up early this morning. Three people wer...Read MORE...


  • News 1891- Brick Works Burned.
    SAVANNAH, Oct. 28.- The Liberty Manufacturing Company's brick works, forty-eight miles from here on the Savannah, Florida and Western railroad burned ...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - MANY MISSING. Only Fifteen Persons Known to Have Been Killed at Savannah.
    SAVANNAH, Ga., Aug 31 - The storm injured many buildings in Savannah and did great damage to the trees. Fifteen people are known to have been drowned ...Read MORE...


  • News 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Savannah, Feb. 9. -- The temperature promises to go down to 5 degrees above zero in sections exposed. Peas, potatoes and other field crops are wipe...Read MORE...


  • 1900 - Savannah - Never Last and Often First by Pleasant Alexander Stovall
    The city of Savannah is now a centre of railroad and steamship lines. It has the heaviest commerce of all the Atlantic ports south of Baltimore. It is...Read MORE...


  • Savannah, Georgia, USA
    Tybee Lighthouse, near Savannah, Ga.
  • 1912 - March 12 - Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, Georgia, by Juliette Gordon Low

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    March 12, 1912

  • Savannah, Georgia, USA
    United States Marine Hospital
  • Savannah, Georgia, USA
    Hotel De Soto

    "In 1823, City of Savannah, Georgia petitioned Secretary of War John C. Calhoun to build a military barracks within the city and agreed to purchase the necessary land. The War Department agreed to the endeavor and furnished the... Read MORE...

  • 1940 - August 11 - A major hurricane struck Savannnah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607.

    WeatherForYou.com
    August 11, 1940



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Savannah, Georgia, USA
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View of Savannah from the River

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton,... Read MORE...

Savannah, Georgia, USA
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Church, Bull Street

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Savannah, Georgia, USA
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Tybee Lighthouse, near Savannah, Ga.


Savannah, Georgia, USA
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United States Marine Hospital

Savannah, Georgia, USA
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Hotel De Soto

"In 1823, City of Savannah, Georgia petitioned Secretary of War John C. Calhoun to build a military barracks within the city and agreed to purchase the necessary land. The War Department agreed to the endeavor and furnished the... Read MORE...
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  • 1733 - February 12 - Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
    historyorb.com
  • 1736 - February 5 - Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
    onthisday.com
  • Savannah - Travel Thru History


    104 Savannah - Travel Thru History Full Episode (www.youtube.com)
  • 1778 - December 29 - English troops occupy Savannah, Georgia
    historyorb.com
  • Seige of Savannah - September 16 - October 18, 1779
  • 1782 - July 11 - British evacuate Savannah, GA
    www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/revolutionarywartimeline.htm
  • 1788 - January 20 - Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
    historyorb.com
  • January 10, 1800 - Savannah, GA, received a foot and a half of snow, and ten inches blanketed Charleston SC. It was the heaviest snowfall of record for the immediate Coastal Plain of the southeastern U.S.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1811 - Fight between sailors in Savannah caused three days of riots
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ gatimeln.htm
  • 1816 - THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER
    1816 has gone down in Almanac fame as the “poverty year,” and “eighteen hundred and froze-to-death.” It was comprised of a backward spring with record... Read MORE...

  • 1820 - Fire in Savannah destroyed 463 buildings; most residents homeless
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ gatimeln.htm
  • 1832 - December 24 - 1st US Negro hospital founded by whites chartered, Savannah, Georgia
    historyorb.com
  • February 8, 1835 - A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to zero at Savannah GA.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1864 - December 21 - General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia
    historyorb.com
  • News  1868 - George Lieb, a colored carpenter of Savannah, Ga., fell backward from a third story scaffolding the other day,
    turned a complete somersault, struck squarely on his feet, looked around to see if any one was hurt, and quietly climbed back to his work. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 6, 1868
  • 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  1883 - AN IMMENSE COTTON FACTORY AND THREE HUNDRED OTHER BUILDINGS IN SAVANNAH, GA., BURNED - THREE LIVES LOST - DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT $1,000,000.
    Savannah, Ga., Nov. 1. - A conflagration which had its origin Wednesday noon in the large cotton warehouse of Garnett, Stubbs & Co., in this city, des... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - FALLING WALLS. A SAVANNAH BOARDING HOUSE EITHER BLOWN UP OR COLLAPSED - THREE KILLED AND SIX INJURED.


    Savannah, Ga., July 24. - W. J. Bullard's three-story brick boarding house, 203 Congress Street, was blown up early this morning. Three people wer... Read MORE...

  • News  1891- Brick Works Burned.
    SAVANNAH, Oct. 28.- The Liberty Manufacturing Company's brick works, forty-eight miles from here on the Savannah, Florida and Western railroad burned ... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - MANY MISSING. Only Fifteen Persons Known to Have Been Killed at Savannah.
    SAVANNAH, Ga., Aug 31 - The storm injured many buildings in Savannah and did great damage to the trees. Fifteen people are known to have been drowned ... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Savannah, Feb. 9. -- The temperature promises to go down to 5 degrees above zero in sections exposed. Peas, potatoes and other field crops are wipe... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - Savannah - Never Last and Often First by Pleasant Alexander Stovall
    The city of Savannah is now a centre of railroad and steamship lines. It has the heaviest commerce of all the Atlantic ports south of Baltimore. It is... Read MORE...

  • 1912 - March 12 - Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, Georgia, by Juliette Gordon Low
    historyorb.com
    March 12, 1912
  • 1940 - August 11 - A major hurricane struck Savannnah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607.
    WeatherForYou.com
    August 11, 1940

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