Austell is a city in Cobb County, Georgia. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,581.

The area that is now Austell was frequented by game hunters and trappers on their way to the area’s salt licks. These early visitors claimed the area’s waters had medicinal properties. It soon became a destination for therapeutic healing, leading to the founding of a town known as Salt Springs. As immigration increased and demand for land near the spring grew, G. O. Mozely donated and subdivided 40 acres of his land, enhancing the loose settlement with a street plan. Later, the spring was renamed Lithia Springs due to the water containing lithium carbonate, and the neighboring city of Lithia Springs was founded in 1882. In 1888, the lithia spring water was bottled and sold under the commercial name Bowden Lithia Spring Water. The historic lithia spring water is still bottled and sold under the name brand Lithia at fine restaurants and health food stores. Georgia Pacific, now a division of Southern Railway, chose the town of Austell to be a station depot, being the dividing point for the major Birmingham and Chattanooga railway lines.

The town of Austell is named for General Alfred Austell (1814-1881), founder of the Atlanta National Bank (later Wachovia), in recognition of his efforts to bring major railways to the South. Austell is buried in an elaborate Gothic Revival-style mausoleum at the highest point in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.

In 2009, Sweetwater Creek flooded, destroying many homes and businesses in the Austell area.

A small portion of the city extends south into Douglas County. It is bordered by Lithia Springs to the south and Mableton to the east. The city of Powder Springs is 4 miles to the northwest. U.S. Route 78 passes through the city, leading east 15 miles to downtown Atlanta and west 8 miles to Douglasville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Austell has a total area of 6.0 square miles, of which 0.015 square miles, or 0.24%, is water.

 

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