|Powder Springs, Georgia|
|Motto: "Small enough to know you...Large enough to serve you"|
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
The town of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee Indian leaders, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater). Gold had been discovered in Georgia ten years earlier, and the first area settlers came to find gold. The settlers found little gold in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this time that the Cherokee people were forced off their land and marched to Oklahomaon the Trail of Tears.
The name Springville was changed to Powder Springs in 1859. The name was derived from the seven springs in the city limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 mineralsthat turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the name Gunpowder Springs.
Civil War history includes a skirmish at Lattermore's Mills on June 20, 1864, that was a part of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and General Sherman's Atlanta Campaign
Powder Springs is located in southwestern Cobb County at U.S. Route 278 (C. H. James Parkway) passes through the city west of its center, leading 5 miles (8 km) southeast to Austell and 11 miles (18 km) northwest to Dallas. Downtown Atlanta is 22 miles (35 km) to the east via US 278 and Interstate 20.(33.865933, -84.680349).
According to the United States Census Bureau, Powder Springs has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.17%, is water.
Powder Springs Public Schools are part of the Cobb County School District, and is home to McEachern High School, located on the site of the former Native American burial ground and the former Seventh District Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) School.
The late Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell attended the Seventh District A&M School. The administrative building of McEachern High School is named for Senator Russell.
Other schools serving Powder Springs include Hillgrove High School, Tapp Middle School, Powder Spring Elementary School, Lovinggood Middle School, Varner Elementary, Compton Elementary, Kemp Elementary, Still Elementary, and Vaughan Elementary.