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Warner Robins is a city in the US state of Georgia, located in Houston County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 66,588. From 2000 to 2010, the Warner Robins city population growth percentage was 36.4% (or from 48,804 people to 66,588 people). Warner Robins is a part of the larger Macon-Warner Robins Combined Statistical Area with a population of 417,473.HistoryWarner Robins was founded in 1942 from the community of Wellston. It was named for Augustine Warner Robins of the United States Air Force. It was incorporated as a town in 1943 and as a city in 1956.The 1940 census shows that the community of Wellston was sparsely populated and inhabited primarily by farmers and their families. Its most notable landmark was a stop on the railroad line. Wellston also had a small sawmill and a grocery store. Peach orchards covered parts of the surrounding land.World War II would soon change this. The War Department made plans to build an air depot in the Southeast. With the assistance of influential U.S. Congressman Carl Vinson, Wellston community leader Charles Bostic “Boss” Watson worked with officials in Macon to make a bid to locate this air depot in Houston County. In June of 1941, the U.S. government accepted this offer which included 3,108 acres of land.This air base was initially called Wellston Army Air Depot when it opened in 1942. The first commander was Colonel Charles E. Thomas. He wanted to name this depot in honor of his mentor Augustine Warner Robins, who was called by his middle name Warner. Regulations prevented him from doing this, which required the base to be named after the nearest town. Not deterred by this, Colonel Thomas persuaded Boss Watson and the other community leaders to rename Wellston. So on September 1, 1942, the town was given the new name of Warner Robins. Soon thereafter on October 14, 1942, the base was renamed to become Warner Robins Army Air Depot. So the city of Warner Robins has a unique name that no other town in America has.
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