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Jonesboro City


Jonesboro City Hall is located at 124 North Avenue, Jonesboro, GA 30236; phone: 770-478-3800.

Beginnings [1]

The area that would become Jonesboro began as a country village named Leaksville, the origin of which dates to the early 1800s. In 1846 the Macon and Western Railroad completed a line between Macon and Atlanta, commencing regular rail service. Leaksville was a station stop along that line.

One of the civil engineers who worked on the creation of the line, Colonel Samuel Goode Jones, took an interest in the future of Leaksville and began to lay out new streets in the village. The village was renamed Jonesboro in his honor about 1845. Jonesboro was incorporated as a town in 1859. A steady growth of new businesses occurred until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.

After the war Jonesboro began rebuilding the courthouse, train depot and many other buildings that had been scarred or destroyed. During the 1880s the town regained a position of stable business and agriculture.

Jonesboro received international attention in 1936, with the publication of Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone with The Wind. Numerous scenes of this book were set in Clayton County. The characters and their homes were products of the author's imagination, and only their inspirational prototypes may be found in the county today.

  1. City of Jonesboro, City History, www.jonesboroga.com, accessed October, 2011.
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