April 29, 2004
Tifton-- Albany and Tifton are branches of the same famly tree.
Nelson Tift founded Albany. In 1890, he convinced his nephew to come south from Connecticut to help with his lumber business. Henry Harding Tift eventually bought 4,900 acres of timber 40 miles east of Albany. He called the village "Lena."
But a worker at his sawmill wanted to honor the boss, so he hung a placard on a pine tree proclaiming the area "Tifton"-- short for "Tift's Town."
A couple of downtown landmarkds include the 1906 Myon Hotel, now home to city offices and private businesses.
And the Tift Theater opened in 1937. The restored 621-seat theater reopened in 1993.
Tifton has a strong connection to the University of Georgia. The Coastal Plain Experiment Station is the university's agriculture research center. Scientists develop more efficient farming methods and ways to protect and improve Georgia crops.
The university's Rural Development Center for south Georgia is also here. It's currently undergoing an $11 million conference center expansion.
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