Deepstep, Georgia

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Deepstep, Georgia
Location in Washington County and the state of Georgia
Location in Washington County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°1′19″N 82°58′6″W / 33.02194°N 82.96833°W / 33.02194; -82.96833Coordinates: 33°1′19″N 82°58′6″W / 33.02194°N 82.96833°W / 33.02194; -82.96833
Country United States
State Georgia
County Washington
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 312 ft (95 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 132
 • Density 165/sq mi (66/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31082
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-22108[1]
GNIS feature ID 0331534[2]

Deepstep is a town in Washington County, Georgia, United States. The population was 132 at the 2000 census.


Deepstep is located at 33°1′19″N 82°58′6″W / 33.02194°N 82.96833°W / 33.02194; -82.96833 (33.021827, -82.968337).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (2.53%) is water.

"Fighting" Fred McKinley was born and raised on a small farm five miles outside of Deepstep, Georgia. After attending, but failing to graduate from the University of Georgia McKinley moved west to try his hand at cattle farming and land speculation. After ten years of ranching and speculation McKinley had earned a fair amount of money and invested his modest fortune in the fledgling stock market. Once McKinley amassed a considerable amount of wealth in the market he decided to try his hand at politics. He ran for a seat in the South Dakota State Senate in 1916 and beat out the incumbent, T.H. Robinson, by a slim margin of only 12 votes. McKinley was best known for his penchant to fight at the drop of a hat thus earning his nickname, "Fighting" Fred. While a state senator his most famous brawl erupted during the debate over the prohibition of alcohol in 1919. During that fight no fewer than seven legislators had to be carried out by stretchers to a local hospital; among that group was "Fighting" Fred himself. Following that historic scrap McKinley would go on to serve three more terms in the state senate. His good fortune came to an abrupt end when the stock market began its decline on Black Tuesday of 1929. "Fighting" Fred would go on to live the rest of his life in relative obscurity in the badlands of South Dakota as a poor subsistence farmer. Fred McKinley died near Custer, South Dakota on September 1, 1939. His life and legacy would be obscured by the outbreak of the second world war. However in the late 1950s a group of students from Yankton College stumbled across his memoirs in the Yankton College Library. A copy of his memoirs were mailed to the Washington County historical society. After receiving the package the Historical Society allotted two hundred and fifty dollars for a monument honoring the memory of "Fighting" Fred McKinley. Today a small granite monument stands in his honor just south of Veal Cemetery in Washington County, Georgia.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 149
1920 184 23.5%
1930 180 −2.2%
1940 174 −3.3%
1950 159 −8.6%
1960 139 −12.6%
1970 107 −23.0%
1980 120 12.1%
1990 111 −7.5%
2000 132 18.9%
2010 131 −0.8%
Est. 2014 129 [4] −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 132 people, 54 households, and 40 families residing in the town. The population density was 170.0 people per square mile (65.3/km²). There were 59 housing units at an average density of 76.0 per square mile (29.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 54 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.2% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,583, and the median income for a family was $51,875. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,182. There were 4.9% of families and 3.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.