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Echols County

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Incorporated Date: 
December 13, 1858
Population: 
4,034
Total Area: 
414.9 sq mi
Contact Information
110 General Deloach St.
Statenville, GA 31648
Phone Number: 
(229) 559-6538

Echols County, located on the Georgia/Florida border, is one of the state's least populated, with more than 90% of its lands forested and under contract to private companies. Established in 1858 and developed from portions of Clinch and Lowndes counties, it owes it name to Robert M. Echols, a member of the General Assembly for 24 years and a Senate president, who died fighting as a brigadier general in the Mexican War. Previously known as "Troublesome," Statenville, the county seat, remembers Capt. James W. Staten, the resident who built the first store in the town.