Dallas, Georgia

Dallas is a city in, and the county seat of, Paulding County, Georgia, United States.[4] The estimated population, as of 2010, was 12,629.[5] Dallas is a northwestern suburb of Atlanta, located approximately 30 miles from downtown. It was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America, under James K. Polk.

Dallas, Georgia
Historical Paulding County Courthouse - Dallas GA
"A premier hometown"
Location in Paulding County and the state of Georgia
Location in Paulding County and the state of Georgia
Dallas is located in Metro Atlanta
Location in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°55′7″N 84°50′27″W / 33.91861°N 84.84083°WCoordinates: 33°55′7″N 84°50′27″W / 33.91861°N 84.84083°W
CountryUnited States
 • MayorBoyd L. Austin, Jr.
 • Total4.5 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Land4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
1,043 ft (318 m)
 • Total11,544
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,110/sq mi (428.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
30132, 30157
Area code(s)770/678/470
FIPS code13-21324[2]
GNIS feature ID0313265[3]
WebsiteDallas, Georgia


The area where in and around Dallas was originally held by the Creek Indians, but would eventually lose their land in battle to the Cherokee Nation in 1755.[6] The area became a crossroads for the Cherokee who lived in the area.[7]

When gold was discovered in Georgia in 1828, it began what was known as the Georgia Gold Rush. Paulding County was soon seperated into 40-acre "Gold Lots" during the Gold Lottery of 1832 and people came from other parts of Georgia and other states to seek gold. The settlers found little gold in the area, with only small amounts being found in mines at Lost Mountain. Many settlers began using their parcels of land to grow crops instead.

During the time the Georgia Gold Rush began to happen, the Cherokee people began to be forced off of their lands. Not long after, the Indian Removal Act was signed by president Andrew Jackson, effectively removing the Native Americans to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River on the Trail of Tears.

When the Georgia General Assembly took the original western portion of Paulding County to create Polk County in 1852, it also took with it the original county seat, Van Wert. The legislature ceded western portions of Cobb County to create the newly-drawn Paulding County, thus making it necessary for the creation of a new town to serve as the county seat. The town of Dallas was officially created from 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land purchased from Garrett H. Spinks on May 14, 1852, for $1000. Its first commissioners were James H. Ballinger, James S. Hackett, Hezekiah Harrison, John S. Poole, and Garrett H. Spinks.[8]

Battle Field of New Hope Church, GA. No. 1. (8170378253)
A picture, circa 1864-1866, of the "Hell Hole" after the Battle of New Hope Church, which was part of the Battle of Dallas.

The Dallas area is home to multiple battle sites that were part of the Atlanta Campaign in the American Civil War in 1864. The Battle of Dallas took place near downtown Dallas. The Battle of New Hope Church and the Battle of Pickett's Mill were also fought during the same week, both of which are typically considered to part of Battle of Dallas engagement.[9] The original earthworks, including the battle trenches have been preserved at both the New Hope Church site and at the Pickett's Mill Historic Battlefield Site.

In 1977, near the site marker for the Battle of New Hope Church, occurred the forced landing of Southern Airways Flight 242, resulting in hull loss and a total of 72 fatalities.[10]


Comcast Channel 24 airs news, information, upcoming event descriptions, dates and times, and photos of other events. The government-access television (GATV) cable TV channel provides key information to residents of Dallas and Paulding County. It also airs shorts on how to conserve water and electricity as well as messages from the mayor and other city board members.


Dallas is located at 33°55′7″N 84°50′27″W / 33.91861°N 84.84083°W (33.918499, -84.840848).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.5 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.5 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.66%) is water.

Dallas is part of the Deep South cultural and geographic subregion. The city has an elevation of 1,043 feet, which makes it one of the highest elevation suburban cities in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Dallas is also a part of the physiographic region of the greater Appalachian Mountains.


Monthly normal and record high and low temperatures[12]
Mon. Avg.
Avg. Rec.

Jan 52 °F 30 °F 39 °F 80 °F 20 °F
Feb 55 °F 32 °F 43 °F 80 °F -2 °F
Mar 63 °F 38 °F 51 °F 86 °F 7 °F
Apr 72 °F 45 °F 59 °F 93 °F 21 °F
May 78 °F 54 °F 66 °F 96 °F 32 °F
Jun 86 °F 63 °F 74 °F 101 °F 40 °F
Jul 89 °F 67 °F 78 °F 110 °F 50 °F
Aug 88 °F 66 °F 77 °F 103 °F 48 °F
Sep 82 °F 61 °F 72 °F 99 °F 30 °F
Oct 72 °F 47 °F 60 °F 92 °F 22 °F
Nov 62 °F 39 °F 51 °F 86 °F 9 °F
Dec 53 °F 32 °F 43 °F 79 °F -4 °F

Dallas has a humid subtropical climate that is local to all of Georgia. The average yearly precipitation is 54.43 inches (1,383 mm). Snow flurries occasionally fall in the winter months, when there is the presence of a deep trough in the jet stream over the eastern third of the United States. Although at times significant amounts of snowfall have been recorded, some years have no measurable snowfall. The Storm of the Century (1993) in March 1993 brought 17.5 inches to Dallas, with drifts measuring several feet. Drought is frequent in Dallas, as well as the rest of the Southeastern United States. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Dallas was -12°F (-24°C) in 2010. The warmest temperature ever recorded was 110°F (43°C) in 2012.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201613,108[1]13.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[2] of 2014, there were 12,629 people, 2,014 households, and 1,303 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,120.7 people per square mile (432.8/km²). There were 2,150 housing units at an average density of 476.5 per square mile (184.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.1% White, 31.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.2% of the population. 56.2% were non-Hispanic White (U.S.Census). 11.7% of the population was foreign born as of 2014 (U.S. Census). There were 4,970 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 27.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.01. The median value of owner-occupied housing units between 2010-2014 was $110,200 (U.S.Census).

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 14.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $38,308. Males had a median income of $30,245 versus $21,747 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,461. About 19.8% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.


Major roads

Pedestrians and cycling


Primary & Secondary Schools

Public Schools

East Paulding High School, Georgia
East Paulding High School.

The Paulding County School District is a public school district that consists of Pre-School to Grade 12 , and consists of nineteen elementary schools, nine middle schools, and five high schools.[14] The district has 1,212 full-time teachers and over 19,283 students.[15]

Private Schools

  • Brighton Private School
  • Victory Christian Academy
  • Levine Academy

Higher Education

Notable people



Civil War Trailhead Park on Main Street - Dallas GA

Civil War Trailhead Park on Main Street

Historical Paulding County Courthouse - Dallas GA

Historical Paulding County Courthouse


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  6. ^ https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/counties-cities-neighborhoods/paulding-county
  7. ^ https://dallasga.gov/history/
  8. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 57. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  9. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Dallas. A town and the county-seat of Paulding County, Ga.". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
  10. ^ NTSB Aircraft Accident Report - Southern Airways Inc., DC-9-31, N1335U, New Hope, Georgia, April 4, 1977 (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. January 26, 1978. NTSB-AAR-78-3. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ [1] The Weather Channel. Retrieved on 2007-07-23.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  15. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  16. ^ Silver Comet Trail, Dallas Trailhead Facts - Dallas, GA

External links

Adams CA-2

The Adams CA-2 is a single seat, low-wing, American ultralight aircraft that was designed by Frank Griffith of Corning Aircraft around 1992 and was available as plans for amateur construction until 1999. In 1999, Hummel Aviation of Bryan, Ohio began offering the design. Although the design was well received, plans were no longer listed as being available from Hummel Aviation as of 2007.In 2011, Adams Aeronautics Company of Dallas, Georgia, took over sales and support of the CA-2 design.

Battle of Dallas

The Battle of Dallas was a series of engagements during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War. They occurred between May 26 and June 4, 1864, in and around Dallas, Georgia, between Lt. General William J. Hardee's Confederate corps and the Union defense line, held by the XV Corps under Maj. General John A. Logan of the Army of the Tennessee. The Battle of New Hope Church and the Battle of Pickett's Mill are often subgrouped as part of the overall engagement at Dallas.

On May 24, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, in overall command of the Union forces in Georgia, learned that his Confederate counterpart, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, was forming a defensive line along the south side of Pumpkinvine Creek. After a series of engagements, Johnston's army fell back from the vicinity of Cassville-Kingston, first to Allatoona Pass and then to the Dallas area and entrenched. Sherman's army tested the Rebel line while entrenching themselves. The Battle of Dallas occurred on May 28 when Hardee's Corps probed the Union defensive line, held by Logan's Army of the Tennessee corps, to exploit any weakness or possible withdrawal. Fighting ensued at two different points, but the Rebels were repulsed, suffering high casualties.

Sherman continued looking for a way around Johnston's line, and, on June 1, his cavalry occupied Allatoona Pass, which had a railroad and would allow his men and supplies to reach him by train. Sherman abandoned his lines at Dallas on June 5 and moved toward the rail-head at Allatoona Pass, forcing Johnston to follow soon afterwards.

Among the thousands of casualties was Archibald L. McDougall, a former brigade commander in the Union Army of the Potomac.

The site of the battle is now Paulding County High School. The Confederate trenches lay along the southern edge of the campus, as marked by a Civil War Marker sign along Highway 61. Through mid-2018, the Civil War Trust, a division of the American Battlefield Trust, and its partners have acquired and preserved 64 acres at the battlefield.

Bessie Harvey

Bessie Harvey (born Bessie Ruth White, October 11, 1929 – August 12, 1994) was an American folk artist best known for her sculptures constructed out of found objects, primarily pieces of wood. Her work is often categorized as outsider art, visionary art, or self-taught art.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Caleb Lee Hutchinson (born March 2, 1999) is an American singer-songwriter, and runner-up on the sixteenth season of American Idol.

Cecil Butler

Cecil Dean Butler (born October 23, 1937) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. The right-hander worked in 11 games, including two starting assignments, for the Milwaukee Braves in 1962 and 1964. Nicknamed "Slewfoot," he was born in Dallas, Georgia, stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).

Butler's professional baseball career lasted for nine seasons (1957–65), all in the Braves' organization. He won a spot on the 1962 Milwaukee roster out of spring training and in his second MLB appearance, he worked 4​1⁄3 innings of three-hit relief on April 28 against the newly formed Houston Colt .45s at Colt Stadium. His scoreless effort netted him his first big-league win, as the Braves rallied from a 3–2 deficit to come back and prevail, 9–3. Fifteen days later, he started against the National League's other expansion team, the New York Mets, at the Polo Grounds, and threw a six-hit, complete game victory, 3–2.But after another start on May 19, he suffered a severe elbow injury, and was very slow to recover. Butler made two appearances with the Braves over the final four months of 1962, spent 1963 in the minor leagues, and then got into two more games for Milwaukee in July 1964, but was ineffective. He retired after the 1965 season due to his injury.

In his 11 MLB games, Butler allowed 33 hits and nine bases on balls in 35​1⁄3 innings pitched, with 24 strikeouts. He finished with a 2–0 record and a 3.31 earned run average.

Chas Henry

Chas Henry (born January 6, 1989) is an American football punter who is a free agent. Henry played college football for the University of Florida, earned consensus All-American honors, and was recognized as the best college punter as a senior. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

Chris Conley (American football)

Christian Conley (born October 25, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Georgia. He was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Chiefs. He holds the NFL Combine record for the highest vertical leap of 45 inches.

East Paulding High School

East Paulding High School is a public secondary school located in Dallas, Georgia, United States.

EPHS was established in 1991 and is nestled in one of the country's fastest-growing counties. The school's enrollment is approaching 1800 students, and it is a part of the second highest classification in Georgia, AAAAA.

Isaac Newton Ragsdale

Isaac Newton Ragsdale (1859–1937) came to Atlanta in 1880 from Dallas, Georgia. He lived for many years in Oakland City and served as mayor there in 1908 before it was annexed into Atlanta. He was in the livestock business and from 1925 to 1926 he served as a Fulton County Commissioner. His time as its mayor came during a 1929 change to the city charter giving mayors a four-year term which he was the first to serve. In 1929, the Atlanta graft ring scandal broke and Ragsdale did not run for re-election.

Jayne County

Jayne County (born June 13, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer whose career has spanned five decades. She was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band Wayne County & the Electric Chairs and has been known for her outrageous and unpredictable stage antics. She went on to become rock's first openly transgender singer.

County's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of her career, including glam punk, punk rock, blues rock, and boogie-woogie. County did not think her birth name Wayne Rogers "sounded very glamorous" and decided to adopt the name of the county in which Detroit was located because she admired bands from that city "like Iggy [Pop] and all those people." Though she has never been a commercial success, she has been an influence on a number of musicians including David Bowie, the Ramones, Patti Smith, Pete Burns and Lou Reed, and many of County's songs have become well-known, including "Are You Man Enough to Be a Woman", "Fuck Off", "Stuck on You," and "Night Time". Pianist Jools Holland's first studio outing was with County on her single "Fuck Off". She also appeared as an actress at Andy Warhol's Factory.

Nate Bennett

Nathan Bennett (born January 19, 1984) is a former American football guard. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Clemson.

Bennett was also a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Hartford Colonials and Milwaukee Mustangs.

North Paulding High School

North Paulding High School is a public high school located in Dallas, Georgia, United States. The school was built due to overcrowding in Paulding County. Paulding was listed as the eighth fastest growing county in the nation from 2000 to 2009, with a population growth from 81613 residents in 2000 to 136,655 in 2009. North Paulding was projected to open in 2008, but due to over-crowding in the nearby East Paulding High School, it opened a year early. In the school's first year, North Paulding only taught freshmen and had to use Sammy McClure Middle School as its teaching facility until the actual high school building opened in 2008. The school graduated its first senior class in 2011. Two other schools share a campus with North Paulding: Sammy McClure Middle School and Burnt Hickory Elementary School.

Patty Loveless

Patty Loveless (born Patricia Lee Ramey; January 4, 1957) is an American country music singer. Since her emergence on the country music scene in late 1986 with her first (self-titled) album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of neotraditional country. She has also recorded albums in the country pop and bluegrass genres. Loveless was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, and raised in Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and Louisville, Kentucky. She rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock and a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Throughout her career, Loveless has sold 15 million albums worldwide.

Loveless has charted more than 40 cuts on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including five in the No. 1 position: "Timber, I'm Falling in Love", "Chains", "Blame It on Your Heart", "You Can Feel Bad", and "Lonely Too Long". She has recorded 14 studio albums (not counting compilations); in the United States, four of these albums have been certified platinum, and two have been certified gold. She has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1988.

Loveless was married to Terry Lovelace, from whom she derived her professional name, from 1976 to 1986. She has been married to Emory Gordy Jr., who is also her record producer, since 1989.

Paulding County Courthouse (Dallas, Georgia)

The Old Paulding County Courthouse is a historic county courthouse in the courthouse square of Dallas, Georgia, county seat of Paulding County, Georgia. It was built in 1892 and has been renovated several times since. An annex was added. The original building was designed by Bruce & Morgan and is Queen Anne in style. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1980.

Pickett's Mill Battlefield Site

Pickett's Mill Battlefield Site is Georgia state park in Paulding County, Georgia that preserves the American Civil War battlefield of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. The 765-acre site is now preserved as Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site and includes roads used by Union and Confederate troops, earthwork battlements, and an 1800s era pioneer cabin. The area's ravine is a site where hundreds died. The park's visitor center includes exhibits and a film about the battle.

The battle took place on May 27, 1864, as the Union Army tried to advance on Atlanta two days after the Battle of New Hope Church. The battle included 14,000 Union Army troops under General Howard and 10,000 Confederate troops under General Cleburne. The Union army began its attack at around 5 p.m. The Confederate army held out. The Union army had 1,600 casualties and the Confederate Army lost approximately 500.The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 26, 1973. It is located northeast of Dallas, Georgia off GA 92 at 4432 Mt. Tabor Church Rd.

Roxana, Georgia

Roxana is an unincorporated community in Paulding County, Georgia located on Dallas Acworth Highway near Gracepointe Church and Somerset Drive extending to the Seven Hills Community in Dallas Georgia past Seven Hills Blvd and Harmony Grove Road. The Crossroads Community begins where Dallas Acworth Highway and Cedarcrest road intersect and includes the northeastern part of Dallas Georgia and parts of Acworth Georgia. This area includes zip codes 30132 and 30101. The Crossroads Library is located at 909 Harmony Grove Church Rd, Acworth, GA 30101, part of Paulding County.


WDPC AM 1500 is an American radio station broadcasting a gospel music format. It is licensed to Dallas, Georgia, United States, and serves the west-northwestern Atlanta area. The station is owned by Word Christian Broadcasting, Inc., and is classified as a class D station by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The station transmits with 5,000 watts during daytime hours and with 3,200 watts during critical hours at local sunrise and sunset. The station signs off during nighttime hours.

Wilbur Rakestraw

Wilbur Rakestraw (June 6, 1928 – May 7, 2014) was an American racing car driver. He was born in Dallas, Georgia into a family of racers. His career included racing in the SRE (Southeastern Racing Enterprises) organization as well as the 11 NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) and 30 Convertible races. Rakestraw was known for his toughness and thoughtfulness of other drivers due to one incident at Lakewood Speedway in 1957 when he drove through a fence and into the infield lake to avoid T-boning another driver who had crashed in front of him. After he retired from racing, Rakestraw went to work as a mechanic and later became a service manager for a local grading company.

Zack Wheeler

Zachary Harrison Wheeler (born May 30, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. Wheeler was then traded to the Mets in 2011, and made his major league debut with the team in 2013. Prior to being drafted he attended East Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia.

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