Fort Gaines, Georgia

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Fort Gaines, Georgia
Clay County Courthouse in Fort Gaines
Clay County Courthouse in Fort Gaines
Motto: "A historic past - A promising future"
Location in Clay County and the state of Georgia
Location in Clay County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°36′51″N 85°2′54″W / 31.61417°N 85.04833°W / 31.61417; -85.04833Coordinates: 31°36′51″N 85°2′54″W / 31.61417°N 85.04833°W / 31.61417; -85.04833
Country United States
State Georgia
County Clay
 • Total 7.7 sq mi (19.9 km2)
 • Land 4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Water 2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
Elevation 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,107
 • Density 232/sq mi (89.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 31751, 39851
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-30816[1]
GNIS feature ID 0355877[2]

Fort Gaines is a city in Georgia, United States, with a population of 1,107 at the 2010 census.[3] The city is the county seat of Clay County.[4]


The town of Fort Gaines was founded in 1816. It was named for Gen. E. P. Gaines.[5] A fort of the same name had been built in 1814 nearby on the Chattachoochee River. In 1854, Fort Gaines was designated seat of the newly formed Clay County. The John Dill house is also a major landmark in Fort Gaines. The house used to be a fort, which got renovated by a man in the army. It all starts with a woman that was captured by Indians, when they would loot other encampments they would throw the money down because they had no use for it. So as they would leave the money this woman would pick it up and hide it in her dress. Eventually she was saved by John Dill and his group of insurgents. John Dill and her got married soon after that and all of the money she had saved over this time they used to build The John Dill House, which still stands to this day. [6]


Fort Gaines is located along the western edge of Clay County at 31°36′51″N 85°2′54″W / 31.61417°N 85.04833°W / 31.61417; -85.04833 (31.614226, -85.048317).[7] Its western boundary is the Chattahoochee River, which is also the state line with Alabama. Walter F. George Lock and Dam crosses the river between the northern side of Fort Gaines and Alabama, forming Walter F. George Lake, also known as Lake Eufaula.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Fort Gaines has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.9 km2), of which 4.8 square miles (12.4 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2), or 37.99%, is water.[3]


At the 2000 census,[1] there were 1,110 people, 429 households and 287 families residing in the city. The population density was 231.6 per square mile (89.5/km²). There were 519 housing units at an average density of 108.3 per square mile (41.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.93% African American, 31.08% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 429 households of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.2% were married couples living together, 31.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.07.

Age distribution was 28.7% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 72.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 65.8 males.

The median household income was $18,30, and the median family income was $20,909. Males had a median income of $20,417 versus $14,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,481. About 34.7% of families and 40.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 53.2% of those under age 18 and 26.7% of those age 65 or over.


Clay County School District[edit]

The Clay County School District holds grades pre-school to grade nine, that consists of one elementary school, one middle school, and one ninth-grade education building.[8] The district has 27 full-time teachers and over 358 students.[9] High school aged students attend 10-12th grade in adjoining Randolph County, Georgia.

  • Clay County Elementary School
  • Clay County Middle School
  • Ninth-Grade Academy

Notable person[edit]

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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Fort Gaines city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 129. 
  6. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 230. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  9. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 4, 2010.