Hogansville, Troup County
The city of Hogansville lies on the line between the
Eleventh and Twelfth Land districts. The Calumet Mills and the mill village
is in land lot No. 96, the churches and residence section in No. 97, and the
southeastern part of the city in No. 128 of the Eleventh District; the
central southern part in No. 9, the business section in No. 10, and the High
School and Stark Mills in No. 11 of the Twelfth District; the western side
of the city in Nos. 22, 23 and 24 of the Twelfth. The location is that of
the intersection of the commercial highway towards Augusta before the coming
of railroads and the old Indian trail which connected the McIntosh Reserve
with the Creek towns on the lower reaches of the Chattahoochee and the Flint
rivers. At an early date a large part of the site of the city was the
property of William Hogan, for whom the town was named.
The early history of Hogansville is a record of a community gathered around the churches and school and the mill of Daniel Norwood on Yellow Jacket Creek near the present station of Trimble. Among the names secured from old deeds and records are found the following pioneers: Uriah Askew, Joseph N. Boyd, John Brooks, Zadoc J. Daniel, Silas N. Davis, Hartsfield Hendon, William Hogan, William Hopson, Martin Jenkins, Mordecai Johnson, John A. Jones, James M. McFarlin, William Mobley, Alfred P. Norwood, Daniel Norwood, William D. Phillips, Samuel S. Reid, John W. Scoggins, John Sims, John Trimble, Henry Wideman, and many others whose names were overlooked or not found in the records.
The incorporation of the town was deferred until long after the community was a recognized business center, and was dated October 12, 1870, when James M. Hurst, Joel J. Loftin, W. H. C. Pace, John T. Pullin, Warren Bacchus, and Benjamin W. Morton were appointed commissioners and a body corporate under the name and style of Town Council of the town of Hogansville. The corporate limits at that time were circular with a radius of three-fourths of a mile with the railroad depot as a center; however, the radius was reduced to a half mile on February 28, 1876; and on December 17, 1901, the present rectangular limits were established. The intersection of the center line of the street and the main line of railroad track is the point from which measurements are made. The distance toward the east, south and west is three-fourths of a mile, towards the north seventenths of a mile; the sides of the rectangle are due east and west, and north and south.
At the time this community was settled, the whole country was in forest, and Andrew Pickens Norwood used to relate that the only clearing was that of a corn patch located about a mile northeast on the west side of the present highway on land now owned by Warner Smith, which was the site of an Indian village.