Jackson is a city in Butts County, Georgia. The city is the county seat of Butts County. The population was 5,045 at the 2010 census, up from 3,934 at the 2000 census. The community was named after governor James Jackson.

Founded in 1826, Jackson began as a 303-acre plot purchased for the purpose of starting the town. The plot was divided into squares and each square into lots. The first buyer of a lot in the new town was John D. Swift of Newton County, Georgia. During the Civil War, much of Jackson was razed by the army of General William T. Sherman during his March to the Sea. After the war, Jackson, like much of the South, struggled economically for decades. Jackson remained little more than a small village until the arrival of the railroads in the latter half of the 19th century. On May 5, 1882, the first train arrived in Jackson, heralding a new era in transportation of people and goods.

During the 20th century, Jackson grew and industrial textile mills became the largest employer of local citizens. The arrival of Interstate 75 just a few miles to the southwest of the city gave citizens quick access to Atlanta and Macon. The numerous schools throughout the county consolidated into one central school system located in Jackson, and the schools desegregated in 1968. In the 1970s, Jackson slowly became a bedroom community. City taxes were also abolished in the 1970s.

It is 46 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. The center of population of Georgia is located 9 miles northeast of Jackson near the Butts County/Newton County line.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles, of which 6.2 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles, or 0.50%, is water.

Here is some more information from the official city website

Former Mayor Charlie Brown and the council of the City of Jackson commissioned Marshall Avett, former publisher and editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus, to compile a history of the City of Jackson. Mr. Avett researched news articles published in the Jackson Progress-Argus and interviewed long term residents of Jackson to find out the stories and events that shaped the city into what it is today.

 

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