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Jasper

Hamilton County

Year Founded: 1858

History

Some fragmentary reports give record of a trading post at the site of Jasper as early as 1830, established by families from Georgia and South Carolina. It was somewhat informally designated as “Micco Town,” the word thought to have been a reference to a tribe of Miccosukee Indians who lived nearby. In 1850, the town was incorporated as Jasper in memory of the great Revolutionary War hero, Sergeant William Jasper, who rescued the American flag during the British assault on Fort Sullivan (now Fort Moultrie) in 1776, and who was later killed at age 29 in the siege of Savannah. Jasper is the county seat.

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