I am not going to go into the complete history of Fitzgerald because that was not my challenge. I will just tell you that Fitzgerald, GA was founded by PH Fitzgerald, a newspaper man, as a place for Union Soldiers to come and retire and start a living after the Civil war. Mr. Fitzgerald purchased a tract of land with tall pines in southern Georgia and then advertised in his newspaper across the nation inviting Union Soldiers to come south and enjoy the fine weather. The Rebels from this area welcomed the Union soldiers, named streets after both Union and Confederate Generals, built great building such as the Lee Grant motel and the Corn and Cotton Palace, lived in harmony, and the rest is what we call history. You can read a little more about it here.
My challenge was to post some historical pictures with captions, so here we go. These pictures were taken from the book "Images of America, Fitzgerald", authored by my good friend Cam Jordan and local newspaper writer Sherri Butler.
|Fitzgerald became an important cotton market early on. At harvest, cotton chocked Central Avenue. The original caption touts, "600 bales $35,000. City Hall is immediately behind Planters Warehouse.|
And lastly, since this is an outdoor blog I will offer up this jewel of what is thought to be a photo of Fitzgerald's first hunting club.
|The Empire Hunting Club of 1913 was likely composed of many sons of settlers. The abundance of game in the area was another selling point for the colony company.|
So there you have it Duck Man! I met your challenge! If you want to know more about my great little town, come and see me and I will take you to the Blue/Gray museum. After that, I'll show you a good ole time just like us Southern boys did for those Yankees back in 1895!