10 things you should know about Troup County

amccallum@ledger-enquirer.comMay 23, 2010 

1. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Troup County is home to a wild animal safari? Yep, the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari is located in the southern end of the county about 20 minutes southeast of LaGrange. It’s is home to giraffes, camels, zebras and more. Guests can take a walk on the wild side at the 500-acre facility with guided tours in one of park’s zebra buses.

2. 911, what’s your emergency?

The Troup County Emergency 911 center has grown in recent years and is getting ready to move into new facilities in the county’s government building. The center, which is staffed by state certified communication officers, receives an average of 250,000 calls a year. The department is expected to move into its new facility in May.

3. Life is a highway

One of the state’s most iconic roadways rolls through Troup County. The Chattahoochee Flint Heritage Highway takes travelers through Coweta, Meriwether and Troup counties. The 155-mile scenic highway winds through beautiful landscapes and historic landmarks. So fire up the family minivan, roll down the windows and hit the road.

4. What once housed inmates now has art?

The LaGrange Art Museum has been a staple in downtown LaGrange and a landmark for area visual arts, but its building started as the Troup County Jail. Built in 1892, the Victorian building east of the LaGrange town square has been home to the museum since 1963, but before was the jail.

5. Hey, don’t touch that tree!

Troup County has a law on the books to protect trees of historic or cultural significance. Troup County Commissioners passed the county’s tree preservation ordinance last spring, which created the Heritage Tree Program. The program outlines requirements for a tree to be deemed a “heritage tree,” making it unlawful to remove, cut, prune or injure the tree without a permit. So back away from the bark and leave those leaves alone.

6. Troup County is named after George Michael?!

No, not that George Michael. The county is named for former state senator and governor George Michael Troup. Created in 1826, Troup County was named to honor then-governor Troup, a passionate advocate for state’s rights who forced the removal of Creek Indians from Georgia.

7. Hey batter, batter, batter! Swing batter, batter, batter!

Troup County hosted the 2008 Dixie Youth World Series for 9 to 12 year olds and became the first county in the state to send four all-star teams to the competition. When the county hosted the series in 2008, about 5,000 spectators came to the area with an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million.

8. Let’s get physical

The Troup County government center added fitness equipment in 2008 so employees to get fit during breaks, lunchtime or after work. At the same time, the building’s stairwells were also transformed to promote fitness. They were painted and carpeted to encourage taking the stairs.

9. Going for the gold!

When athletes trekked to Atlanta for the 1996 Summer Olympics many called Troup County and LaGrange home. More than 500 athletes from across the world trained in the area between 1992 and 1996.

10. Got plans?

Troup County commissioned a study to lead future growth and development, to insure the document doesn’t sit on a shelf officials created the Troup County Center for Strategic Planning. The center marks an unprecedented collaboration between local governments and other institutions.

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