Fulton County, GA

Fulton Co., GA

Fulton County, GA


The earliest inhabitants were the Cherokee Indians, who lived in the area that later became north Fulton County, and the Creek Indians, who ceded their land to Georgia in 1821. By 1822 white settlers from counties to the east of Fulton and from neighboring states began moving into the area. Most were of English, Scottish, and Irish heritage, with a few Moravians and Jews. Fulton County was created from the western half of DeKalb County on December 20, 1853, by an act of the state legislature.

The county's name is often assumed to be in honor of inventor Robert Fulton, who built the first successful steamboat in 1807. This assumption is likely because this steam engine was the predecessor to the steam locomotives which built Atlanta. Some research now indicates that the name may have been in honor of Hamilton Fulton, a surveyor for the Western and Atlantic Railroad.

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Fulton County is bordered by Cherokee, Forsyth, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Clayton, Fayette, Coweta, Carroll, Douglas and Cobb counties.

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