Chartered on December 27, 1838, Albany, pronounced "All-ben-ny" or "Al-bain-ny", is the county seat of Dougherty County.
The Creek Indians first inhabited the area and referred to their home along the river as "Thronateeska," meaning "the place where the flint is picked up" -- hence the later name "Flint River." Nelson Tift founded the city in 1836 and established it as a place for trade; however, steamboat navigation proved to be irregular, and so by the turn of the 19th century, Albany had become instead a rail center.
Among the state's natural wonders and Albany's most prominent attractions, Radium Springs are the state's largest natural springs. These springs have a flow of crystal clear water with a year round temperature of 68 degrees. Other attractions in the area include: the Albany Museum of Art, the Albany Civil Rights Movement Memorial, Chehaw Wild Animal Park and Tift Park. The city is also home to the Albany Warriors, a minor league football team.
Albany is also home to a handful of state college and universities, including Albany State University, Albany Technical Institute and Darton College.
Notable Albany natives include naturalist Jim Fowler, former major league baseball player Ray Knight, and musician Ray Charles.