Ball Ground is a city in Cherokee County, Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 1,433.

Some records indicate Ball Ground was originally named Battle Ground on early maps. The town is located near fields that the Cherokee people used to play stick ball, a rough game similar to modern lacrosse.[6] The large fields and abundance of freshwater streams made Ball Ground an alluring place for the large gatherings of Native Americans because the ball game required large, flat fields, and there were plenty of natural resources to support large groups of people. When settlers entered the area, the streams and fields attracted farmers, who dammed up creeks to create numerous man-made ponds and lakes. Most ponds and lakes still exist today, and Ball Ground still has a predominantly agriculture-based economy.

The community was incorporated on January 1, 1882, the same year that the railroad came through. Before that date, the community consisted of two country stores and a few dwellings. After the railroad’s arrival, the town grew as a result of the marble-working industry.

2.5 miles to the east of the town, near the confluence of Long Swamp Creek and the Etowah River, is the traditional site of the Battle of Taliwa, the most decisive battle of the war between Cherokee and Creek Indians in the 18th century. Cherokee history tells that the conflict over territory was determined by a stickball game here.

Ball Ground is located in northeastern Cherokee County, just north of Canton and south of Nelson. Ball Ground is along Interstate 575, with access from Exit 27, 4 miles south of the highway’s northern terminus, and 48 miles north of Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles, of which 0.031 square miles, or 0.50%, is water. The city’s elevation averages around 1,100 feet above sea level, ranging from just over 1,000 feet in the valleys to around 1,200 feet on several hilltops within the city.

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