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Creation Date

5-3-2012

Building Name

Welcome Center, Madison

Description

Civic Advancement Marker, Madison, GA.

This marker was erected by the City of Madison, Madison Bicentennial Commission 1809-2009, in 2011. It is located at the Welcome Center, at main Jefferson St, in Madison, Georgia. This is to mark the civic improvements done in the city after the Great Fire in 1869.

The marker reads as :

" The Town of Madison Board of Commissioners selected one of their body each year to serve as President until an 1876 charter amendment incorporated the “City” of Madison and vested leadership in a Mayor and Board of Aldermen (later the Mayor and City Council). In 1990, the city shifted to the City Manager - Council form of government.

With recovery following the Great Fire of 1869, the City also invested in civic improvements: a new cemetery (1880-1882); an electric plant and system (1891-1928); its own public school system (1895-1947); and a public waterworks system (1908). The City Hall & Firehouse (1887) replaced the former Town Hall, irreparably damaged by the 1886 Charleston earthquake.

When the 1939 City Hall & Firestation made the previous building obsolete, a period of commercial use was followed by the eventual restoration of the building in 1991 by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. Chamber officer include the Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, which operates a State Welcome Center. "

Latitude, Longitude

33.59601389, -83.46729722

Keywords

Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Civic Advancement Marker; Welcome Center; Morgan County (Ga.); Madison (Ga.); Historical markers --- Georgia --- Madison.

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