The Town Spring

The Town Spring (HMDQG)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 35.795', W 83° 28.249'

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Civil Engineer R.B. Tufts noted on the 1897 Morgan County map that "The Public Spring . . . which for all these years has been sending forth a bold, steady stream of pure, cold water, was the cause of establishing the Court House and the public buildings, and consequently the town, at this place."

James Cunningham and Tallifero Finney each submitted springs for siting the new community. Cunningham's "round bowl spring of clear pure water" was selected. Preservation of public springs became one of the first responsibilities of the newly incorporated town's officials in 1809.

Early efforts included keeping the springs in good order and prevent nearby timber cutting as well as any other improprieties. Public meeting minutes from the 1820s reflect such diligence — cleaning out the public spring, maintaining the fence around the spring lot, and banning both bathing and washing of clothes in the Town Spring.
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HM NumberHMDQG
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Year Placed2009
Placed ByCity of Madison Bicentennial Commission
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 4:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270724 N 3720163
Decimal Degrees33.59658333, -83.47081667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.795', W 83° 28.249'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 47.70" N, 83° 28' 14.94" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 274 W Washington St, Madison GA 30650, US
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