Big Spring Park

Janie Oliver

Kennesaw, United States

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Cedartown, Georgia

This spring is the second largest natural limestone spring in the southern United States. It produces four million gallons of water per day and provides water to 10,000 people. The original settlers who moved into this area of northwest Georgia centered their activities around this spring, calling their town “Big Spring”. In 1852 the spring and adjacent land was deeded to the newly charted town of Cedartown. The spring has been turned into a park.

The historic marker for this park reads:

Asa Prior, born in Virginia about 1785, pioneered into this valley and purchased a large tract of land including this spring and Cedar Creek in 1834. In 1852 he deeded the spring and 10 adjacent acres to the City of Cedartown. Another pioneer, Mr. Walthall, established the Walthall Indian Trading Post near the spring. Indian young people danced their corn dance under the cedar trees. Cedar Valley Garden Club beautified the park. A shrine was dedicated to the memory of Sen. William Julius Harris, whose funeral was held in the park, April 21, 1932.
115-6 Georgia Historical Commission

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