Mar 25

Fun resources to try at home

Posted on March 25, 2020 at 9:48 AM by Jamesan Gramme

Here's some fun local history, accessible straight from your living room! Check out our Additional Resources page on the Upson County Website,

We have links to digitized Georgia newspapers and much more!

Want to see what the courthouse square looked like between 1885-1921, try the Sanborn Maps of Thomaston. The image I've included is a snippet from the 1890 map. Parents, this would be a great time to explain how to read a map to your little ones. (Compass is included in the original, larger image)

Notice the four mule sheds on the south and east sides of the square! No wonder Thomaston was said to be the mule capital.

Another helpful resource linked to this page is Familysearch, if you're wanting to work on your genealogy. Membership is required, but it is free! The site contains many collections such as Georgia Probate records by county, and WWI WWII draft cards.

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Mar 24

Rural Electrification in Upson

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 4:33 PM by Jamesan Gramme

Here's something to be thankful about while home bound: rural electricity!

Thanks to the Rural Electrification Administration, a New Deal project under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, some 400 people of Upson County began to receive electricity in their homes. A first for many!

(Thomaston Times, April 2, 1937)

It was all thanks to a staggering light bill received by FDR, when staying at his Georgia home, The Little White House. The bill was said to be four times greater than those he received in New York.

FDR in GA: Georgia Encyclopedia


Jan 27

Drone footage of Auchumpkee Bridge

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 9:35 AM by Jamesan Gramme

Check out this neat video created by Mr. Ken Ray. 

Auchumpkee Bridge: Then & Now

Shows the Auchumpkee Bridge's past and present, before it washed away, the wreckage, and the rebuild! Includes some great drone footage.