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Things to do: shopping, museums
The city of Douglasville is the county seat of Douglas County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 30,961. Douglasville is located approximately 20 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia and is included in the Atlanta Metro Area.Highway access can be obtained via five interchanges along Interstate 20.HistoryLocated at a natural rise in the topography, Douglasville was originally known as Skint Chestnut. The name derived from a large tree used by native Americans as a landmark, which was stripped of its bark so as to be more conspicuous.Douglasville was founded in 1874 as the railroad arrived into the area. That same year, Douglasville was designated county seat of the recently formed Douglas County. The community was named for Senator Stephen A. Douglas.An election was held on the first Saturday in March 1875, and a mayor, treasurer, records (secretary), and marshal were chosen.In 1916, the Reverend Atkinson of Douglasville was a key figure in the Arc Light Controversy in Atlanta.Natural disastersDouglasville, Georgia has experienced numerous natural disasters over the most recent decades. Being located in the Southeastern United States, the city experiences strong storms and tornadoes often because of its location in Dixie Alley. Its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean also makes the area prone to hurricane outer bands or remnants.Tropical Storm Alberto was a strong tropical storm at landfall in northwest Florida and Southwest Georgia in early July 1994. Its remnants affected the metro Atlanta area with some damage.
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