Euharlee, Georgia

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Euharlee, Georgia
City
Nickname(s): "The Covered Bridge City"
Location in Bartow County and the state of Georgia
Location in Bartow County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°8′50″N 84°56′11″W / 34.14722°N 84.93639°W / 34.14722; -84.93639Coordinates: 34°8′50″N 84°56′11″W / 34.14722°N 84.93639°W / 34.14722; -84.93639
Country United States
State Georgia
County Bartow
Government
 • Mayor Kathy Foulk
Area
 • Total 5.4 sq mi (14.1 km2)
 • Land 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 682 ft (208 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,136
 • Density 785/sq mi (303.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30120, 30145
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-27988[1]
GNIS feature ID 0313985[2]
Website www.euharlee.com

Euharlee is a city in Bartow County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,136 at the 2010 census,[3] an increase of 29% over the 2000 count of 3,208.

Euharlee is a bedroom community of Cartersville, the Bartow County seat which is located 9 miles (14 km) to the east. They are connected through Euharlee Road, and by a chain of subdivisions and homes. Euharlee is located next to Plant Bowen, which has the second largest generating capacity of any coal-fired power plant in the United States.

History[edit]

Further information: History of Bartow County

An Act was passed by the General Assembly of Georgia to incorporate Euharlee as a town on September 16, 1870.[4] The town reported a population of 144 in 1900.[5]

Geography[edit]

Euharlee is located in southwestern Bartow County at 34°8′50″N 84°56′11″W / 34.14722°N 84.93639°W / 34.14722; -84.93639 (34.147174, -84.936445)[6]. The Etowah River, part of the Alabama River watershed, flows through the eastern part of the city. Euharlee Creek joins the river just south of the center of town and is crossed by the Euharlee Covered Bridge, one of the oldest covered bridges in Georgia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km2), of which 5.3 square miles (13.7 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 2.83%, is water.[3]

The name "Euharlee" is derived from a Native American word meaning "she laughs as she runs".[7]

The Euharlee Covered Bridge

The current population, exceeding 4,100 residents, represents a substantial increase from the 1,600 residents estimated in 1995. Population growth in Euharlee is, to a great degree, attributable to the growth of the neighboring community of Cartersville.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,208 people, 1,004 households, and 863 families residing in the city. The population density was 694.6 people per square mile (268.1/km²). There were 1,057 housing units at an average density of 228.8 per square mile (88.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.31% White, 7.64% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 1.12% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.71% of the population.

There were 1,003 households out of which 55.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.0% were non-families. 10.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the city the population was spread out with 36.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 38.3% from 25 to 44, 14.1% from 45 to 64, and 3.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,714, and the median income for a family was $55,912. Males had a median income of $38,382 versus $24,631 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,483. About 1.7% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Places of Interest[edit]

  • Black Pioneer's Cemetery is an area of downtown Euharlee dedicated to preserving the gravesites of several early African-American settlers of the region.
  • The Euharlee Covered Bridge goes over Euharlee Creek. It is one of the oldest covered bridges remaining in the state of Georgia. It was built in 1889 by Washington W. King, son of Horace King, and was formerly known as Lowry Bridge.
  • The Covered Bridge Museum is a small museum located a stone's throw from the Euharlee Covered Bridge. The museum features an assortment of local artifacts from the early American Indian habitation to an exhibit featuring Gone with the Wind memorabilia.[8]
  • Kingston Saltpeter Cave (not open to the public), located between Euharlee and Kingston, is the largest cave in Bartow County and was used to help produce gunpowder for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Schools[edit]

Euharlee is home to two schools within the Bartow County school system. Woodland Middle School and Euharlee Elementary School are located on Euharlee Road and are directly across the street from each other.

Euharlee Elementary's current principal is Sharon Collum, and the assistant principal is Johnnie Coats. The school's mission statement is, "The faculty and staff at Euharlee Elementary School are committed to educating children to become lifelong learners in a global society. We hope to instill academic values in students that they may successfully transition through life while crossing the bridge to the future." There is an annual Character Day Parade.

Woodland Middle School's current principal is Lamar Barnes, and the assistant principals are Hope McCauley and Wes Dickey. Lamar Barnes is the only principal the school has had since its opening in 2000. The school's mission statement is "to provide the transition from the nurturing environment of elementary school to the independent environment of high school while offering our students quality standards-based instruction and the opportunity to develop emerging skills needed to become life long learners."

Fall Festival[edit]

There is an annual Fall Festival held with the Covered Bridge as the focal point. It is held Labor Day weekend, running from Friday until Sunday. Local schools are invited to showcase choral and band ensembles throughout the weekend. Crafts and foods are sold by local vendors. There are rides for the children as well.

The festival was increased and relocated from Osborne Park with the completion of a pavilion located behind the Covered Bridge Library and Covered Bridge Museum in 2005.

References[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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Euharlee city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Acts Passed by the General Assembly of Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia: State of Georgia. 1870. pp. 188–189. 
  5. ^ Candler, Allen Daniel (1906). Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons Arranged in Cyclopedic Form .... State historical association. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "The Marietta Daily Journal - ‘She laughs as she runs’ in Euharlee". Mdjonline.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Euharlee Covered Bridge". Roadside Georgia. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 

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