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Albany City

Albany City Hall is located at 222 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA 31702; phone: 229-431-3234.

John A. Davis House, ca. 1853, 514 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA, National Register

Photo: John A. Davis House, ca. 1853, 514 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Photographed by user:Blastoids (own work), 2015, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2016.

Albany was founded by Nelson Tift [1810-1891] in 1836 along the Flint River. He served on the Bake County Court, as colonel in the Georgia Militia, a congressman in the Georgia House, a Captain in the Confederate Army and a Representative in the U.S. Congress. Tift named his settlement after Albany, New York in hopes that its situation at the navigable head of a river (like its namesake) would develop into a major trade center. By 1840 the town had become a market center for the area's cotton plantations, shipping cotton to markets via the river. Albany eventually also became a railroad hub with seven lines being constructed to the town.

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