Fannin County is a county located in the state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 19,798. The county's county seat is Blue Ridge, Georgia6. The county is named for James Fannin, who fought and died during the Texas Revolution, who was originally from Georgia. The Georgia Northeastern Railroad (AAR reporting mark GNRR) is a short line freight railroad which runs from the town of Elizabeth, Georgia (now within Marietta, near Atlanta) to the city of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Goods hauled are mostly timber, grain, poultry, and marble products. The GNRR's subsidiary, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, also operates a branch from this line at Blue Ridge. Fannin was formed in 1854 from Union and Gilmer Counties. Many families traversed here to work in the mines and marble quarries of North Georgia and Southeastern Tennessee from North Carolina, South Carolina and Eastern Georgia. Other neighbors to Fannin are: Polk County, TN; Cherokee County, NC; Lumpkin County, GA; Murray County, GA; Towns County, GA; and White County, GA.