In August 1817, the first steamboat to arrive in St. Louis came chugging up the Mississippi River. Named the Pike, it was the herald of a new era in transportation and in the fame and fortune of St. Louis. It would be interesting to know how many St. Louisans watching from the bluff that day could reflect upon the man for whom the boat was named. Who was Zebulon Pike? Most Americans could, with reason, ask that question. Most who could draw a reasonable map of the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition would have little idea of where Zebulon Pike explored, or when. And few historians, if challenged, could name a single man who explored with Pike. The only remembrance we have of Pike is a famous peak in Colorado, but whether Pike ever saw the peak, or ever climbed it, is also a mystery to most Americans.


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Pike County was created on Dec. 9, 1822 by an act of the General Assembly (GA. Laws 1822, p. 21). The county was organized by acts of Dec. 23, 1822 (GA. Laws 1822, p. 23) and Dec. 20, 1824 (GA. Laws 1824, p. 45). Later, parts of Pike County were used to help create the following counties: Upson (1824), Spalding (1851), and Lamar (1920).

Georgia's 56th county was created from Monroe County and named  for Gen. Zebulon Pike (1779-1813), noted Western explorer who was killed during the War of 1812.

Agriculture and forestry are still the main industries in Pike County , though the county is feeling the effects of Atlantaís growth.  With a  population of 13,688 in the 2000 census, Pike County has experienced a residential growth rate of 33.9% in the last ten years.  

The Pike County Courthouse, built in 1895, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Pike County has been the site for the filming of several motion pictures, including Murder in Coweta County , Cold Sassy Tree, Tank, and Fried Green Tomatoes.

                              County Courthouse P.O. Box 377, 79 Jackson Street
                                         Zebulon, GA 30295-0377  Phone: (770) 567-3406
                                           
County Seat: Zebulon  Year Organized: 1822
                                  Cities in Pike County are:  Concord, Meansville, Molena, Williamson, Zebulon
 

 

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