Augusta, Georgia

Augusta is located in the east-central section of Georgia and is the third largest and oldest city in the U.S. State of Georgia. Augusta - The Garden City of the South. Masters, one of the four major championships in professional golf, is held each year at the Augusta National Golf Club.

To See And To Do In Augusta

  • Augusta Museum of History
  • Downtown
  • Fort Discovery - National Science Center
  • Augusta Canal Authority
  • The statue of James Brown - Broad Street
  • Augusta Riverwalk
  • The Morris Museum of Art
  • The Grotto of the Holy Iris
  • Augusta Mall

History Of Augusta - Timeline

Augusta was founded in 1735. The settlement was established in 1736 by the British General James Oglethorpe and Augusta was named for the Princess of Wales. In 1739, construction began on a road to connect Augusta to Savannah. This made it possible for people to reach Augusta by horse and more people began to migrate to Augusta.

In 1750, the first church, Saint Paul's Church, was built. In 1779, the British Major-General, Sir Archibald Campbell, captured the town. but soon left when American troops came. In 1780 the Broad Street and Summerville district were established.

In 1816, the first steamboat reached the town. In 1828, the first textile mill was built. In 1834, the Old Medical College Building was completed. In 1837, the Augusta Chronicle was published. The railroad was built in 1845, giving Augusta a rail link to Atlanta. In 1847, the Augusta Canal was completed.

Unlike most Southern cities, the Civil War and the years after were financially successful for Augusta. Augusta had become one of the largest inland cotton markets in the world. In 1867, the Morehouse College was established. In 1882, the Sibley Mill was completed, and Paine College was established to serve black students. In 1898, the Sacred Heart Cultural Center was built.

In 1900, nearly 40,000 people lived in the city. In 1911, the Wright Brothers opened a flying school in the city. In 1916, a large fire destroyed over 700 buildings in the city. In 1918, the Imperial Theatre opened. In 1934, the Masters golf tournament for professionals began at Augusta National Golf Club.

In 1937, buses were used instead of streetcars. In 1953, Hulk Hogan was born in the city. In 1960, the singer-songwriter Amy Grant was born in the city. In 1961, Ray Charles canceled a performance at the Bell Auditorium when he learned that the black people would be segregated from the whites and forced to sit in the balcony. In 1981, Edward M. McIntyre was elected as mayor and he was the first black mayor of Augusta. In 1997, golfer Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters Tournament at the age of 21.