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Lamar County

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Incorporated Date: 
August 17, 1920
Population: 
17,000
Total Area: 
184.8 sq mi
Contact Information
408 Thomaston St., Suite E
Barnesville, GA 30204
Phone Number: 
(770) 358-5146
Fax Number: 
(770) 358-5149

Lamar County, the county nearest Georgia's geographical center, dates to 1920 when the state legislature partitioned lands from Pike and Monroe coun­ties. The new county was named for Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, a Confederate colonel, member of Congress and U.S. secretary of the interior. President Grover Cleveland later honored Lamar by nominating him to the Supreme Court. The coun­ty seat, Barnesville, derives its name from Gideon Barnes who estab­lished a tavern and stagecoach stop there in 1820.