The city of Alpharetta is located in the north of Fulton County, Georgia, USA.Its name is a variation of a fictional Indian girl (Alfarata) in the song ‘The Blue Juniata’. The name of the city is also believed to have originated from the first letter of Greek alphabet.In the 1830’s the people of Georgia and other parts of the south were relocated forcibly to Oklahoma (initially Indian territory) and this came to be under the Indian Removal Act.
Famers and Pioneers later on settled on the vacated land which stretched from the Northern Georgia mountains to Chattahoochee River.The Methodist Camp Ground is among the first permanent landmarks in the are and is located next to a natural spring near downtown Alpharetta.It served as a trading post where settlers could exchange goods.
The city chattered on 11th December 1858 with its boundaries extending in a 0.80-kilometer radius from the city courthouse.It served as a county seat for Milton County until 1931 which was the time Milton and Fulton county merged during the great depression to avoid bankruptcy.
According to a report by the United States Census Bureau, the city covers an area of 55.4 square kilometers of which 99.5% is dry land and the rest is water. There are 13,911 households of which 36.2% have children under 18 years of age,54.1% have married couples living together,7.3% have women without husbands,35.9% have non-families living together,27.7% have single individuals and 4.2% have individuals above 65 years living alone.
The city’s population is estimated to be 57,551.In the city, the people under 18years of age take 27.0% of the population,18 to 24 years take 7.2%, 25 to 40 years take 40.5%,45 to 64 years take 19.4% and individuals above 64 years take 5.8% of the total population.
The city is also known to have various festivities such as the Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest which is held on the first Saturday of October each year. The festival’s theme is mainly to celebrate the history of downtown Alpharetta. Brews, wine and foods from the best restaurants are available for sale and the city basically comes together for one big party.
Other festivals include the Scarecrow Harvest festival which also takes place on the first Saturday in October and the streets are usually lined with 100 scarecrows to celebrate the city’s fall spirit.The city also has other attractions such as ‘Alpharetta Arboretum at Wills Park’ which has 26 trees and also ‘Alpharetta Arboretum at Coburn Road Park’ which has seven trees to showcase.
The Walk of memories which is located at Legion post 201 pays tribute to of U.S armed forces,friends and communities.It has a tank and helicopter for display and is also one of the interesting places to visit in Alpharetta.