Fitzgerald (HMR0T)

Location: Fitzgerald, GA 31750 Ben Hill County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 42.891', W 83° 15.186'

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The Colony City

Founded at Swan in 1895 by Mr. Philander H. Fitzgerald, lawyer, veteran and publisher of the AMERICAN TRIBUNE of Indianapolis, as a soldiers' colony in the South. Fitzgerald was settled by Union veterans who, tired of Northern winters, flocked from 38 states and 2 territories to this benign and fertile land, which, only 30 years before, had been deep in enemy territory.

In the early 90's, devastating droughts had impoverished the farmers of the Mid-West and Georgians had sent trainloads of food to relieve their plight. Impressed, Mr. Fitzgerald conceived his plan and formed the American Tribune Soldiers' Colony Company (non-profit). Despite offers from neighboring states, the Company chose this site, acquired 50,000 acres of land, and laid out a town.

By December, 5,000 colonists had arrived. The next fall, the schools opened with 501 pupils, the first in Georgia to offer free tuition and texts and a nine-month term. On Dec. 2, 1896, Fitzgerald was incorporated and elected officials took charge.

With principal streets named to honor great leaders of both armies, and with Confederate veterans joining their former enemies in this unique community endeavor, Fitzgerald has symbolized through the years an enduring unity born of that unfailing respect which brave men hold for each other.
HM NumberHMR0T
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number009-4
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 286501 N 3511037
Decimal Degrees31.71485000, -83.25310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 42.891', W 83° 15.186'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 42' 53.46" N, 83° 15' 11.16" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113-199 E Central Ave, Fitzgerald GA 31750, US
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