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History of Powder Springs, Georgia

The City of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee Indian chiefs, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater). Gold had been discovered in Georgia ten years earlier, and the first area settlers came to find gold. They found little in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this same time that the Cherokee Indians were forced off their land and marched to Oklahoma on the "Trail of Tears." Over 4,000 died on the way.

The name Springville was changed to Powder Springs in 1859. This name was derived from the seven springs in the City Limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals. Minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder - hence the name Gunpowder Springs.

People have continued to find their way to Powder Springs since 1838. Its mild climate, rich soil and inviting springs offered health and recreation. People with a strong work ethic and sense of community pride settled in the hills surrounding the seven springs.

Downtown Powder Springs today features several historic commercial buildings and a variety of historic homes.

The Seven Springs Museum is located in Powder Springs Park in downtown Powder Springs. The museum offers a glimpse into local history and affords visitors to see one of the original seven springs just across the park. Operated by the Powder Springs Historical Society, the museum is open part time. Call 770.943.7949 for hours of operation.

The Silver Comet Trail

The Silver Comet Trail is Georgia's most ambitious rails-to-trails project. It was named for a train that used the identical route from 1947 to 1968. The Silver Comet originated in Boston and ran through Atlanta on the way to its final destination in Birmingham. The Silver Comet Trail allows you to bike, run, walk or skate 39 miles from Smyrna GA to Rockmart GA and then to the Alabama state line. You don't have to share the trail with cars or trucks. No motorized vehicles are allowed! Along the way you'll see wildlife and beautiful scenery. One of the trail highlights is crossing the Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle, a 750 foot long, 126 foot high bridge. A little farther west is the 800 foot Brushy Mountain tunnel - fun for children of all ages to bike, run or walk through.

Information courtesy of the City of Powder Springs


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