Bremen City Hall
Location in Haralson County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Sharon Sewell|
|• Total||10.52 sq mi (27.25 km2)|
|• Land||10.49 sq mi (27.18 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)|
|Elevation||1,394 ft (425 m)|
|• Density||593/sq mi (229.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0354845|
Bremen is a village in Haralson and Carroll counties, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the village had a population of 6,227. Most of the village is in Haralson County, with a small portion in Carroll County.
Locally the name of the village is pronounced BREE-men. Sharon Sewell is the current mayor.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Culture
- 4 Early inhabitants
- 5 History
- 6 Services provided by the village of Bremen
- 7 Public library
- 8 Higgins General Hospital
- 9 Cost of living index
- 10 Media and communications
- 11 Golf courses
- 12 Bremen Towne Festival
- 13 Sports complex
- 14 Bremen Fire Department
- 15 Notable people
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Bremen is located in southern Haralson County and northern Carroll County at  U.S. Route 78 passes through the center of the village, leading east 6 miles (10 km) to Temple and west 9 miles (14 km) to Tallapoosa. U.S. Route 27 passes through the western part of the village, leading north 45 miles (72 km) to Rome and south 53 miles (85 km) to LaGrange. Interstate 20 passes through the southern part of the village, leading east 46 miles (74 km) to Atlanta and west 100 miles (160 km) to Birmingham, Alabama.(33.715933, -85.147213).
At the 2000 census, there were 4,579 people, 1,824 households and 1,245 families residing in the village. The population density was 515.7 per square mile (199.1/km²). There were 1,978 housing units at an average density of 222.8 per square mile (86.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 88.53% White, 9.54% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.
There were 1,824 households, of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.
Age distribution was 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.
The median household income $29,354, and the median family income was $39,674. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $20,823 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,833. About 6.2% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.
Bremen is the home of Hugh McGraw, a noted scholar of American hymnody and the foremost expert in and promoter of the Sacred Harp tradition of shape note singing. The Sacred Harp Publishing Company, which McGraw led from 1958–2002, is located in nearby Carrollton. Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, which holds an annual two-day Sacred Harp singing convention in June and an-all day singing in November, is located in Bremen. The Church at Chapelhill meets at Mill Town Music Hall on Sunday at 11am.
Prior to the early 18th century, Bremen and most of Georgia were home to American Indians belonging to a southeastern alliance known as the Creek Confederacy. The present day Creek Nation, also known as the Muskogee, were the major tribe in that alliance. According to Creek traditions, the Creek Confederacy migrated to the southeastern United States from the Southwest. The confederacy was probably formed as a defense against other large groups to the north. The name "Creek" came from the shortening of "Ocheese Creek" Indians, a name given by the English to the native people living along the Ocheese Creek (or Ocmulgee River). In time, the name was applied to all groups of the Creek Confederacy.
The town of Kramer was incorporated on September 5, 1883, and given the name Bremen. It was originally named for a German immigrant who owned a local vineyard but the name was changed at Kramer's request to honor the city of Bremen, Germany.
Bremen's economy was given a significant boost when the Chattanooga, Rome and Columbus Railroad was built, intersecting the Georgia Pacific at Bremen. This and other circumstances have helped Bremen to grow from a simple railroad junction settled by German immigrants to the largest town in Haralson County.
Services provided by the village of Bremen
- Law enforcement
- Fire protection and fire safety
- Road and street construction/maintenance
- Solid waste management
- Water supply/distribution
- Wastewater treatment
- Enforcement of building, housing, plumbing, and electrical codes and other similar codes
- Planning and zoning
- Independent city school system
- Public library
- Recreational facilities
- Senior citizen center
Bremen City School District
The Bremen City School District provides education for grades pre-school to grade twelve, consisting of three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The district has 96 full-time teachers and over 1,575 students.
- Bremen 4th/5th Academy
- Crossroad Academy
- Jones Elementary
- Bremen Middle School
- Bremen High School
- Warren P. Sewell Library, 315 Hamilton Avenue
Higgins General Hospital
Higgins General Hospital became affiliated with Tanner Health System in 1998. The 25-bed critical access hospital recently underwent an extensive $7.5 million renovation and expansion and offers its community inpatient as well as outpatient medical services including a 24-hour Emergency Department, same-day surgery, lithotripsy, and a wide range of outpatient services.
It was originally named Bremen General Hospital when it opened on January 3, 1955. The name was changed to Higgins General Hospital on May 1, 1973 in recognition of the work and dedication of its chairman, S.O. (Samuel) Higgins, Sr.
Cost of living index
The December 2009 cost of living index in Bremen was 81.9 (low, U.S. average is 100).
Media and communications
- WGMI (1440 AM; 3 kW; Bremen, GA; Owner: Garner Ministries, Inc.)
- Bremen Gateway Beacon, "The voice of Haralson County" - the legal organ newspaper for Haralson County.
The Lion Golf Club is an 18-hole regulation length golf course located at 400 Murphy Industrial Boulevard.
Bremen Towne Festival
The Bremen Towne Festival is an annual event held in mid October each year and is sponsored by the Bremen Junior Woman's Club.
All ball fields are available for rent by individuals, groups or organizations. Fields are also available to rent for private tournaments. This complex provides parking space, playgrounds, batting cages, full concessions and restrooms. The Community Center is also located within the confines of this complex.
The Sports Complex contains the following fields:
- Four youth-size fields (one grass infield, one all-grass infield and two with skinned infields; all fields have lights with the exception of Field #6) - Dimensions: 60-foot (18 m) base paths and up to 46-foot (14 m) pitching distances
- One middle school-size field, with an all-grass infield, with dirt section cut-outs around all bases and the pitching mound, and with lights - Dimensions: 75-foot (23 m) base paths and a 54-foot (16 m) pitching distance
- One high school-size field, with an all-grass infield, with dirt section cut-outs around all bases and the pitching mound, and with lights - Dimensions: 90-foot (27 m) base paths and a 60-foot (18 m) pitching distance
Bremen Fire Department
Bremen Fire Rescue is located at 516B Tallapoosa Street East in Bremen. It operates one 1500 GPM engine, one 1250 GPM reserve engine, and one staff car. BFR operates with three firefighters per shift on a 24-hour rotation, 365 days a year. Bremen Fire Rescue currently employs 10 full-time career firefighters and 2 part-time personnel. The department receives mutual aid from Haralson County Fire Department and Carroll County Fire Rescue. Bremen is located within both counties. Bremen also receives mutual aid from the City of Carrollton Fire Department Ladder 21. BFR is a member of the West Georgia Haz-Mat Team, which is stationed at Carrollton Fire Department, station number 21.
BFR provides many non-emergency services to the public, including fire extinguisher training, public education classes, station tours, blood pressure checks, fire inspections, and smoke detector checks and installation. Bremen Fire Rescue also operates a volunteer unit (C.E.R.T. TEAM) titled B.E.R.T. (Bremen Emergency Response Team).
Bremen Fire Rescue responds to a wide array of calls, including all fire calls, emergency medical calls, vehicle accidents, entrapments, hazardous materials incidents, gas leaks, natural disasters, alarms at residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, and carbon monoxide alarms.
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- Sammy Byrd, professional baseball player and golfer
- Neal Horsley, pro-life activist
- Hugh McGraw, Sacred Harp singing master and composer
- Thomas Bailey Murphy (1924–2007), former Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, represented Bremen in the chamber from 1960 to 2002
- Harold Shedd, country music industry executive and producer
- J.J. Mangham Sr., Gubernatorial Candidate 1937, Chairman of DOT 1933, and State Senator 1915-1917,1927
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- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bremen village, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "About the Company," Sacred Harp Publishing Company, accessed April 29, 2014, http://originalsacredharp.com/about/.
- "Annual Sacred Harp Singings: 2014 Directory," ed. Annie Grieshop, accessed April 29, 2014, http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/~mudws/annual.html.
- The Church at Chapelhill
- Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved May 31, 2010.
- School Stats, Retrieved May 31, 2010.
- Bremen Bi-centennial History Committee (1976). The History of Bremen, Georgia 1883-1976. City of Bremen.