Clarkdale is a small community west-northwest of Atlanta, Georgia in southwestern Cobb County, between Powder Springs and Austell. It is the hometown of Novelty and Country singer Ray Stevens.
Clarkdale is an industrial mill village built in 1932 to support a spinning mill of the Clark Thread Company. Both the mill and the neighborhood, consisting of 98 dwellings (a mixture of single-family and duplex floorplans), were designed by North Carolina architect Joseph Emory Sirrine. The neighborhood boasted manymodern conveniences for the time, such as electricity and indoor plumbing. Additionally, residents enjoyed a public swimming pool, a community house for public functions, and a mill-sponsored baseball team. As the mill thrived, the community fostered the growth of several local business, a dedicated post office, and two churches, both of which still hold religious services as of 2011.
Layoffs in the 1950s and 60s preceded the mill’s eventual closure in 1983; in 1966, the homes were sold to current residents, many of whom were current or former employees of the mill. In 1987 Clarkdale was listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
During the historic September 2009 Atlanta floods, Clarkdale Elementary School (part of Cobb County Public Schools) was ruined by Noses Creek in the hours after students and faculty evacuated. Although outside the 100-year flood plain, massive rainfall and upstream land development caused the stream to swell to more than ten times its normal height, also flooding other locations in Clarkdale. The new Clarkdale Elementary School opened at a different location in August 2012.