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History of Duluth, GA

Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. > History of Duluth, GA
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Duluth is a small scenic city located in Georgia. As part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, the city serves as one of the primary bedroom communities for the State’s Capital. In recent years, the city has transformed into a cultural and arts center, a move that has seen it blossom into one of the fastest-growing cities in the area. According to a 2018 population survey, Duluth has a population of approximately 30,000 residents, a notable increase from the 26,000 recorded during the 2010 census. Both Forbes and the BusinessWeek magazines have previously ranked the city as one of the top residential communities in Georgia in terms of livability and affordability.

The city of Duluth, Georgia, was named after the city of Duluth in Minnesota which was in turn named after Daniel Greysolon Du Luth; a famous French sailor who had helped resolve a dispute between the Sioux and the Chippewa nations in Minnesota.

History has it that modern-day Duluth was originally an undeveloped forest area occupied by Cherokee Indians. The city was established in the early 19 century with the only notable piece of development in the area at the time being the Old Peachtree Road; a slightly improved Indian trail that was used by soldiers to travel between Fort Peachtree and Fort Daniel during the War of 1812.

The area remained devoid of White settlers until after the establishment of Gwinnett County in 1818 which opened up the area for settlement. Evan Howell was among the first group of people to move to Gwinnett County. He settled near the Chattahoochee River and established a cotton processing plant, a craft he had learned long ago during his days in North Carolina.

It was Howell who saw the need to establish a more elaborate transportation road system in the area in order to promote development. After obtaining the required permit in 1833, he set out to construct a road that would connected the Chattahoochee River and his farm to the Old Peachtree Road. The intersection between the two roads became Howell’s Cross Roads.

As fate would have it, the intersection became the location of a fast-growing settlement that later come to be known as the town of “Howell’s Crossing.” When Congress approved a proposal for the construction of a railway road from North (Howell’s Crossing) to South, the town’s name was changed to Duluth to match that of a city in Minnesota which had, not so long ago, received its railroad connection.

Today, Duluth Georgia is a captivating city known for its beautiful parks, a thriving tourism industry, and futuristic technological developments.

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