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The city of Augusta, GA was founded when James Oglethorpe of the United Kingdom, the founder of nearby Savannah, dispatched a detachment of troops, led by Noble Jones, up the Savannah River in 1735. Jones’ mission was to create a settlement, which would act as a first line of defense for the coast against possible Spanish or French invasions from the interior. Jones succeeded in his mission, and Oglethorpe named the city in honor of Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and soon to be mother of the eventual King George III. The city of Augusta was officially established in 1735. Centuries later, it would turn into a consolidated city-county in 1996.
Modern day Augusta has a population of 196,741 people, according to a 2014 US census estimate. This makes it the 121st most populous city in the country. Augusta is the third-largest city in the state of Georgia. Augusta is also part of the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area, which as of 2014 was estimated to have a population of 716,305 people. This makes it the 92nd most populous metropolitan area in the US, and the second most populous metropolitan area in Georgia, after Atlanta.
Augusta is known as a hub for the medical, biotechnological, and military industries. In fact, Georgia Regents University, located in the area, is the state’s only public health sciences graduate university. Georgia Regents University employs over 7,000 people. In fact, according to Augusta Tomorrow, the city’s Medical District “employs over 25,000 people and has an economic impact of over $1.8 billion.”
As for the military, Augusta is expected to have a population influx of more than 10,000 people over the next several years due to the addition of the United States Army Cyber Command, which is located in Fort Gordon. Fort Gordon has been in use since 1917, but Cyber Command began operation in 2010. Its lofty goal is “information dominance of cyberspace operations.”
Augusta is filled to the brim with various attractions. One of these attractions is Broad Street Historic District, which stretches from thirteenth to fifth streets. This District, built in 1780, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered a U.S. Historic district. It includes 158 buildings – with notable structures like the Imperial Theatre, the Lamar Building, the Miller Theater, the News Building, and of course, the Haunted Pillar.
The Old Richmond County Courthouse is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This Greek Revival, Late Victorian, Federal structure, built in 1801, housed the seat of local government until 1821. It is considered one of the oldest remaining public buildings in Augusta. Today, the Old Richmond County Courthouse is used as a historic reception hall. The Courthouse can also still be seen on Augusta’s city seal and flag.
Augusta’s most famous sporting event is the annual Masters Tournament, which takes place at the Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta National, which opened in 1933, has been hosting the Masters since 1934. The Masters is one of the four major championships in professional golf, and is singular as it takes place in the same location every year. The prize fund is $9 million.
Baseball’s South Atlantic League’s Augusta GreenJackets play their home games at Lake Olmstead Stadium. They have four league titles to their name. The Augusta Mad Dogs, of Palmetto Rugby Union, play their home matches at Larry Bray Memorial. Roller Derby’s Division 3 Soul City Sirens play in Red Wing Rollerway
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