Lithonia is a city in eastern DeKalb County, Georgia. The city’s population was 1,924 at the 2010 census. Lithonia is in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
“Lithonia” means “city/town of stone”. Lithonia is in the heart of the Georgian granite-quarrying and viewing region, hence the name of the town, from the Greek λίθος lithos, for stone. The huge nearby granite dome, Stone Mountain, is composed largely of a rock called Lithonia gneiss, a form of granite. The area has a history of rock quarries. The mines were served by the Georgia Railroad and Atlanta, Stone Mountain & Lithonia Railway. Some of the rock quarries have been converted to parkland and the railines to rail-trail.
Lithonia is one of the gateways to the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Interstate 20 passes just south of the community, with access from Exits 74 and 75. Lithonia is 18 miles east of the center of Atlanta. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.89 square miles, all of which is land.
Here is some more information from the Lithonia official city website…
Lithonia, Georgia, Established 1856
The City of Lithonia traces its beginnings to an area called ‘Cross Roads’ in the early 1840s. There were 100 residents at the intersections of the two roads connecting Decatur and Augusta, as well as Lawrenceville and McDonough. In 1856, the City of Lithonia was established. The city is surrounded by granite and its name is credited to a teacher of Greek combining lithos (stone) and onia (place).
In the weeks and months ahead, our archivist will expand our online historical collection of photographs and documents on Lithonia. (In partnership with The University System of Georgia’s Virtual Vault and The Dekalb History Center.)
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