The city of Athens
Thursday, April 6, 2000 9:52 PM
Athens and Clarke county Georgia,
Georgia's "Classic City," Athens is a prospering community,
one that reflects the charm of the Old South while developing in cultural
and industrial areas. It is located approximately 70 miles east-northeast
of Atlanta, Georgia. Athens is at the heart of a three-county metropolitan
area of 126,000 people.
This gallery for now at least is centered on the areas directly
on campus at the University of Georgia. It was St. Patrick's day and me
and the erc were taking in all the sights, the spring day greeting us
all the way. Note the architecture and the blooming plants and flowers.
We were on a journey that day to find the book in the rare book library
that was rumored to be bound in real human skin. However we were met with
opposition at the library so the next time we make the quest we will have
an appointment! Some relative information follows:
Athens and Clarke County share a common local government.
The Clarke County population, according to a 1990 census estimate, is
86,000. A college town in every sense of the word, Athens appreciates
its University population while recognizing its obligation to all residents
to grow independently of the University. The University of Georgia and
Athens have grown up side by side.
When its founders were looking for a site for the new university,
they sought a remote location where students would be isolated from the
temptations of urban life. The town was named for its Greek counterpart,
a great center of learning. Athens' elevation is 600 to 800 feet above
mean sea level, and because of its geographic location, the city is sheltered
from much of the extreme weather of the winter season. Mean temperature
for January, the coldest month, is 43 degrees F., and for July, the warmest
month, 79 degrees F. Average minimum and maximum temperatures for January
are 33 and 53 degrees F., and for July, 68 and 89 degrees F. Average rainfall
is 50.42 inches.
Founded January 27, 1785, by act of the Georgia General Assembly meeting
in Savannah. UGA is America's oldest state-chartered university. The
University's main campus, in Athens, Georgia, covers 605 acres and includes
313 buildings. To its north, the campus adjoins historic downtown
Athens, which features many boutiques, restaurants, entertainment
and service businesses. The University covers 4,308 acres in Clarke
County and owns a total of 43,261 acres throughout the state.
North Campus is the home of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business
Administration, and Journalism and Mass Communication, and the schools
of Environmental Design and Law, as well as the Main Library. Noteworthy
buildings on North Campus are Old College (1801), New College (1823),
Demosthenian Hall (1824), the University Chapel (1832), and Phi Kappa
Hall (1834). The Ladies' Garden Club Founders Memorial Garden enhances
the area near Denmark Hall. South Campus, with an array of modern structures,
has grown southward as the University continues to expand. Buildings
include the Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center, colleges of Agricultural
and Environmental Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Veterinary
Medicine, Education and Pharmacy, and the schools of Forest Resources
and Social Work, as well as the Georgia Center for Continuing Education,
the Coliseum, and Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.
State funds complemented by private gifts, grants from foundations,
and federal grants continue to increase the building program on campus.
Buildings recently completed include the Life Sciences Building, which
provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for biotechnology
research and teaching; the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities,
which provides a comprehensive fitness/exercise facility for students
and faculty; and the Performing and Visual Arts Complex, which provides
a home for the University's art and music departments as well as the
Georgia Museum of Art.
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