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Georgia is divided into one hundred and fifty-nine counties. The original eight counties of the State of Georgia were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes all created on February 5, 1777. The last new county to be established in Georgia was Peach County, established in 1924.

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Lamar County, Georgia

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Lamar County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 18,317. Lamar County was created on August 17, 1920. The county seat is Barnesville. The county is named in honor of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1825-1893), a U.S. Senator and an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lamar County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Lamar County Name

The county is named for Lucius Quintus Cinncinatus Lamar, a Confederate Army colonel, Secretary of the Interior under Grover Cleveland, and a Supreme Court Justice.

Demographics:

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Lamar County History

Lamar County was created in 1920 from portions of Monroe and Pike counties and is named for Lucius Quintus Cinncinatus Lamar, a Confederate Army colonel, Secretary of the Interior under Grover Cleveland, and a Supreme Court Justice. It was the 158th county created.

The history of Barnesville includes a period in which the city was designated "Buggy Capital of the World." Around the turn of the century, Barnesville had four buggy companies.

Also of historical note are several homes and buildings in Lamar County. These include the Brown-Kennedy home (1850), Jackson G. Smith home (1870), and Gachet House (1821) which is particularly notable because it was visited by three presidents.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 186 square miles (480 km2), of which 184 square miles (480 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (1.3%) is water.

 Lamar county is located close to the center of Georgia.    The county is in the Flint River basin and the Ocmulgee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Butts County
  • Southeast: Monroe County
  • Southwest: Upson County
  • West: Pike County
  • Northwest: Spalding County

Education

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