"Georgia's Rome" Rome by TexasDave

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The small city of Rome, Ga (pop. 36,000) has a few characteristics in common with the 'original' Rome in Italy, namely: both have 7 hills and a river running through the middle of the city. After that the comparisons come to a stop.

There is some indication that the Spanish explorer Hernan De Soto made a pass through this area as early as 1540. It was the home to a good many Coosa, Creek, and finally Cherokee Native Americans.

The city was officially named Rome in 1834 and developed as a main commercial hub of NW Georgia. Union General Sherman occupied Rome in 1864 and burned down its iron works and forts on his way to Atlanta. It later rebounded, however, and presently has a large area of Victorian style houses and stores in and around the downtown area.

In recent years several international companies have set up plants and warehouses here, to the point that the Hawthorn Suites downtown has Japanese cable channels for visiting businessmen.

  • Last visit to Rome: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 4, 2008
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