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The Creation of Turner County Georgia
By an act of the Georgia
Legislature and by a two third vote of the people, the Constitution of
Georgia was so amended that new counties could be created. Thus on
18 August 1905, the Georgia Legislature approved the formation of the first
new county under the new law, Turner County. Turner County is named
so in honor of the late Supreme Justice, Henry Gray Turner. Ashburn
was named the county seat. The new county was taken from portions
of Wilcox, Irwin, Dooly, and Worth counties. The county began to
function as a separate county in 1906.
The first Grand Jury recommendations
included that a courthouse be built in the most convenient location available
to the depot. Bonds to be issued to build a courthouse and jail and
not to exceed $60,000. The present site in Ashburn was selected and
the present courthouse and jail were completed in 1907.
The county covers an area of 293
square miles and has a population of 33 persons per square mile.
Ashburn is located 80 miles north of the Georgia-Florida boundary, 165
miles south of Atlanta and 38 miles east of Albany and 180 miles west of
Savannah. Interstate 75 runs through Ashburn and Turner County, going
north and south. Turner County is located in the heart of the fertile
agricultural section of South Georgia.
Over the years Turner County has
continued to flourish and is one of the leading agricultural counties in
the state and has drawn many industries to its industrial park.
Turner County's official web site
can be found at: http://www.turnercounty.com/.
© Copyright 1999 -2008 by
Zaroga Goff, county coordinator for Turner County, Georgia.
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