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"Cedartown" redirects here. For the location in Maryland, see Cedartown, Maryland.
Cedartown, Georgia
Downtown Cedartown
Downtown Cedartown
Location in Polk County and the state of Georgia
Location in Polk County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°0′55″N 85°15′14″W / 34.01528°N 85.25389°W / 34.01528; -85.25389Coordinates: 34°0′55″N 85°15′14″W / 34.01528°N 85.25389°W / 34.01528; -85.25389
Country United States
State Georgia
County Polk
 • Type City Commission
 • Total 6.8 sq mi (17.8 km2)
 • Land 6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 840 ft (260 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,750
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (550/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30125
Area code(s) 770/678/470
FIPS code 13-14500[1]
GNIS feature ID 0312503[2]
Website cedartowngeorgia.gov

Cedartown is a city in Polk County, Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 9,750.[3] The city is the county seat of Polk County.[4] Cedartown is the principal city of and is included in the Cedartown, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia-Alabama (part) Combined Statistical Area.

The Cedartown Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cedartown Waterworks-Woman's Building-Big Spring Park Historic District is also listed along with the Northwest Cedartown Historic District and South Philpot Street Historic District.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Cedartown has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.8 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.44%) is water.


Cedartown has been the county seat of Polk County since 1851, when the county was created.

Cherokee and Creek Native Americans first inhabited the area known as Cedar Valley. The Cherokee people had established a village they called "Beaver Dam" near present day Cedartown. White settlers established a trading post along Cedar Creek in the 1830s.[citation needed]

The most famous of these settlers was Asa Prior. According to local legend, the water rights to Big Spring were won for the white settlers by a local white boy in a footrace with a Cherokee youth. Some versions of the legend differ, saying that the rights to the spring were won by the Cherokee people from the Creek people in a ball game. "Big Strickland", became "Cedar Town" when Prior deeded ten acres of adjacent land to the newly chartered city in 1852. Big Strickland was the original county seat and Cedar Town became the county seat later.[citation needed]

Cedartown's historic Big Spring provides water to 10,000 people.

During the Civil War, Cedar Town was abandoned by most of its citizens when Union troops encroached. The city was burnt to the ground by the Union forces of General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick in 1865, leaving only one mill standing on the outskirts of town.

In 1867, the town was re-chartered by the state of Georgia as Cedartown. An influx of industrial business bolstered the largely cotton-based economy of Cedartown, with Goodyear and other fabric mills and iron works appearing in or near what is now the Cedartown Industrial Park on the west side of town. Industrial and passenger railroad service was added to Cedartown in the early 20th century. Main St. became a part of U.S. Route 27, a major north-south automobile route that connects Cedartown to larger cities like Chattanooga, Tennessee and Columbus, Georgia. U.S. 27 also intersects in town with U.S. Route 278, which connects Cedartown with Atlanta. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company built a large textile mill operation in Cedartown, and also built a large residential section of town for mill workers, now known as the Goodyear Village.[citation needed]

In recent times, the Georgia Rails to Trails project has converted much of the former Seaboard Air Line into the Silver Comet Trail, a federal and state funded park that connects many cities in Northwest Georgia. Cedartown's Main Street is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its 1890s architecture. During the 1970s, many structures were demolished including train stations, churches, and a high school, and a theater on Main Street. Downtown Cedartown has recently seen massive investment in new sidewalks, street parks, and paving to showcase the downtown district.[citation needed]

Arts and culture[edit]

Cedartown Performing Arts Center

Sites on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Cedartown Commercial Historic District
  • Cedartown Waterworks-Women's Building-Big Spring Park Historic District
  • Hawkes Children's Library
  • Northwest Cedartown Historic District


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,470 people, 3,370 households, and 2,237 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,384.0 people per square mile (534.6/km²). There were 3,642 housing units at an average density of 532.2 per square mile (205.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.37% White, 20.20% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 14.13% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.62% of the population.

There were 3,370 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 102.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,562, and the median income for a family was $28,119. Males had a median income of $25,295 versus $20,711 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,251. About 20.3% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 15.3% of those age 65 or over.


Polk County School District[edit]

The Polk County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools.[5] The district has 449 full-time teachers and over 7,017 students.[6]

Transportation and Economy[edit]

Though the Cedartown Bus Station sign still hangs in downtown, the station was closed years ago.

With the shift away from rural living patterns toward Interstate Highway satellite suburban living patterns, combined with the general U.S. shift away from agricultural and industrial economies, Cedartown is left in an awkward position. The city suffered a major economic blow when the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company closed its Cedartown mill operations. For its employment, Cedartown mainly relies on the prospect of large corporate operation centers such as Cingular Wireless, small manufacturing operations like that of The HON Company, and the retail operations of Wal-Mart. Access to nearby major cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga is easier due to the expansion of U.S. Highway 27 which is four lanes from I-20 into Cedartown. The four lane expansion will soon have U.S. 27 fourlaned all the way north to the Tennessee state line. Passenger rail service to Cedartown was abandoned in the 1970s, leading to the destruction of the historic Cedartown Depot train station.[citation needed]

The city built a replica of the historic depot which now serves as the Welcome Center and the trailhead to the Silver Comet Trail. The city does offer bus service and has frequent routes to neighboring Rockmart. The nearest stop on the Greyhound bus service is a full service station in Rome, Georgia, just 20 miles to the north. The nearest major airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, 70 miles southeast and several local shuttle services are available. The Hon Company is Cedartown's largest for-profit employer with over 800 employees. With a recently announced expansion, this number will grow in the near future. Cedartown is also home to an AT&T (formerly Cingular) technical support facility for the company's wireless customers.[citation needed]

The Rome Plow Company, formerly located in Rome, Georgia, is headquartered in Cedartown. It manufactured the Rome plows used as jungle-clearing vehicles during the Vietnam War and produced agricultural vehicles until it shut down in late 2009. Rome Plow has since been purchased and re-opened. The new facility recently underwent an expansion.[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

Country music artist Waylon Jennings had a minor hit single with the murder ballad "Cedartown, Georgia" from the 1971 album of the same name. The slow, meditative song about betrayal and murder was a portent of the outlaw country genre's predilection for themes that stood outside of what was acceptable in the Nashville music establishment:

Tonight I'll put her on a train for Georgia.
Gonna be a lot of kin folks squallin' and a-grievin',
'Cause that Cedartown gal ain't breathin'.


Movie production[edit]

  • Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) is a drama movie featuring locations in Cedartown as a fictional city in Alabama. Visible is the historic downtown.

Notable natives[edit]


  • Silver Comet Trail[7]

Trail of Tears[edit]

In 1838, under the direction of President of the United States Andrew Jackson Indian Removal Act, a fortification was built on what is called "Furnace Field" for the purpose of forced internment of the Cherokee people, nearly three hundred Cherokee people were held in horrible and squalid conditions. Half starved and mistreated by their captors, disease was rampant, many of the old and young died, before the still living Cherokees, around two hundred, were then forcibly marched on foot down the Trail of Tears to Indian reservations in Oklahoma.

Election 2011[edit]

The Cedartown City Commission had two commission seats up for grabs. Seats on the commission are selected by a plurality of the vote.

The three candidates seeking the two seats were incumbent commissioners Dale Tuck and Gary Martin, and recently retired Cedartown Police Department detective Stephen C. Molock.

Tuck and Martin were returned to office. The final tally was Tuck, 312 votes, for 35.45 percent of the total; Martin, 290 votes, for 32.95 percent; and Molock, 275 votes, or 31.25 percent of the vote.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/1314500.html
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  6. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  7. ^ Silver Comet Trail, Cedartown Depot Trailhead Facts - Cedartown, GA

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