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This article is for the city in Georgia. For the ski resort in Canada formerly known as Powder Springs see Revelstoke Mountain Resortmarker.

Powder Springs is a city in Cobb Countymarker, Georgiamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 12,481 at the 2000 census. Census estimates for 2005 show 14,507 people living in Powder Springs.


The town of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee Indian chiefs, 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. They found little in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this same time that the Cherokee people were forced off their land and marched to Oklahomamarker on the Trail of Tears.

The name Springville was changed to Powder Springs in 1859. This name was derived from the seven spring in the city limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the name Gunpowder Springs.

American Civil War history includes a skirmish at Lattermore's Mills on June 20, 1864, that was a part of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountainmarker and General Sherman's Atlanta Campaignmarker.

Powder Springs is home to the McEachern High Schoolmarker, a school that is located on the site of 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, Lovingood Middle School, Varner Elementary, Compton Elementary, and Powder Springs Elementary.

Pat Cannon (1904-1966), a United States Representative from Floridamarker, was born in Powder Springs.

In 1996, Clark, Judy, Laura, Lindsey, and Clark McNitt, a Powder Springs family, were killed aboard ValuJet Flight 592marker, which crashed into the Florida Everglades on May 11, 1996 after takeoff from Miami, Floridamarker, enroute to Atlantamarker. The McNitts and 105 others were killed.


Powder Springs is located at (33.865933, -84.680349) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²), of which, 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²) of it is land and 0.16% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 12,481 people, 4,004 households, and 3,267 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,969.2 people per square mile (760.1/km²). There were 4,101 housing units at an average density of 647.0/sq mi (249.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.89% White, 37.38% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.32% of the population.

There were 4,004 households out of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,486, and the median income for a family was $59,392. Males had a median income of $41,345 versus $31,774 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,776. About 5.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


  • Powder Springs Trail System
  • Silver Comet Trail


  1. - City of Powder Springs
  2. Skirmish at Lattermore's Mills/Powder Springs Georgia June 20 in History
  3. Powder Springs, GA - Official Website - Trails
  4. Silver Comet Trail, Powder Springs Trailhead Facts - Powder Springs, GA

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