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Douglas History

Douglas - Douglas, Georgia, the county seat of Coffee County, has a bustling downtown and a thriving economy. And, this town of 38,000 has a rich history.

Douglas was founded in 1858 and named after Stephen A. Douglas, who ran for president against Abraham Lincoln.

Though it's deeply rooted in history, Douglas is a progressive town. While still primarily an agricultural community, the town boasts a huge Wal-Mart Distribution Center, with 1,640 jobs.

Douglas is also the home of South Georgia College. Built in 1906, it is the oldest two year university system in Georgia.

Tourists are welcomed at the Ashley-Slater House, an Italianate mansion that serves as one of Georgia's designated welcome centers.

People who live in Douglas are entertained at the Martin Centre. Restored to its original 1940's art deco splendor, this performing arts center is where Douglas' history and progress come together.

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