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Eastman, Georgia
City
City of Eastman
Eastman City Hall in Eastman
Eastman City Hall in Eastman
Official seal of Eastman, Georgia
Seal
Nicknames: 
Azalea City, Paris of the Wiregrass
Location in Dodge County and the state of Georgia
Location in Dodge County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Dodge
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 6.53 sq mi (16.90 km2)
 • Land 6.47 sq mi (16.75 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation
390 ft (119 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,658
 • Density 875.04/sq mi (337.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31023
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-25552
GNIS feature ID 0355610

Eastman is a city in Dodge County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,962 at the 2010 census. Named after one of the founders who contributed a site and paid for the county courthouse, the city was established in 1871, and is the county seat of Dodge County.

In the 19th century, this was a center of the timber and sawmill industry. During the Great Depression in 1937, the first Stuckey's Pecan Shoppe, once well-known along roadways throughout the United States, was founded in Eastman.

History

Eastman was founded in 1871 as the seat of the newly formed Dodge County. It was incorporated as a town in 1873 and as a city in 1905. Eastman is named for W. P. Eastman, who, with W. E. Dodge, presented the county with a courthouse.

During that same time period, Ira Roe Foster, former Quartermaster General of Georgia, operated a sawmill in Dodge County. In 1869, Foster built a residence in what would become Eastman. Foster was one of many who came to the area to participate in the timber and sawmill boom.

During the boom, it was estimated that, on average, there was one mill every two miles along the industrial corridor created by the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. Unlike earlier eras, when timber was transported downstream in large river rafts, sawmills along the industrial corridor shipped their timber by rail. In his book The New South Comes to Wiregrass Georgia 1860-1910, author Mark V. Wetherington states: "Ira R. Foster shipped lumber to Brunswick, where it was loaded onto timber schooners and transported to international markets like Liverpool, Rio de Janeiro, and Havana." When Eastman was incorporated in 1872, Foster served as its first mayor.

Geography

Eastman is located in the center of Dodge County at 32°11′52″N 83°10′45″W / 32.19778°N 83.17917°W / 32.19778; -83.17917 (32.197760, -83.179271). U.S. Route 23 passes through the center of town, leading northwest 17 miles (27 km) to Cochran and southeast 20 miles (32 km) to McRae-Helena. U.S. Route 341 bypasses the city on the southwest, leading west 20 miles (32 km) to Hawkinsville and southeast with US 23 to McRae-Helena.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Eastman has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.93%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,082
1900 1,235 14.1%
1910 2,355 90.7%
1920 2,707 14.9%
1930 3,022 11.6%
1940 3,311 9.6%
1950 3,597 8.6%
1960 5,118 42.3%
1970 5,416 5.8%
1980 5,330 −1.6%
1990 5,153 −3.3%
2000 5,440 5.6%
2010 4,962 −8.8%
2020 5,658 14.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Eastman racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,778 49.1%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,399 42.4%
Native American 5 0.09%
Asian 54 0.95%
Pacific Islander 4 0.07%
Other/Mixed 182 3.22%
Hispanic or Latino 236 4.17%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,658 people, 1,916 households, and 1,343 families residing in the city.

Climate

Climate data for Eastman, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 83
(28.3)
84
(28.9)
92
(33.3)
95
(35)
102
(38.9)
110
(43.3)
109
(42.8)
105
(40.6)
102
(38.9)
102
(38.9)
89
(31.7)
85
(29.4)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 57.0
(13.89)
61.2
(16.22)
69.9
(21.06)
77.7
(25.39)
84.4
(29.11)
84.4
(29.11)
91.5
(33.06)
91.3
(32.94)
87.1
(30.61)
78.8
(26)
69.7
(20.94)
60.9
(16.06)
76.6
(24.78)
Average low °F (°C) 35.0
(1.67)
37.6
(3.11)
45.1
(7.28)
51.9
(11.06)
59.7
(15.39)
59.7
(15.39)
69.8
(21)
69.1
(20.61)
64.2
(17.89)
53.0
(11.67)
44.8
(7.11)
37.8
(3.22)
52.9
(11.61)
Record low °F (°C) -2
(-18.9)
10
(-12.2)
15
(-9.4)
29
(-1.7)
39
(3.9)
45
(7.2)
56
(13.3)
52
(11.1)
36
(2.2)
28
(-2.2)
12
(-11.1)
4
(-15.6)
-2
(-18.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.05
(128.3)
4.38
(111.3)
4.84
(122.9)
3.58
(90.9)
2.93
(74.4)
4.53
(115.1)
5.12
(130)
3.90
(99.1)
3.33
(84.6)
2.73
(69.3)
3.18
(80.8)
3.67
(93.2)
46.40
(1,178.6)
Source #1: The Weather Channel
Source #2: Weatherbase

Recreation

Eastman has few recreational activities. The Dodge County Golf Club has a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool and private golf cart selection. It is positioned next to the railroad tracks that run through the town. It also has a public baseball field located at the former Boys & Girls Club. The Eastman-Dodge County Recreational Fields, located along the Eastman-Dublin Highway (Highway 117), offers the following public sports for kids: football, baseball, tee ball, cheerleading, and soccer.

Education

Dodge County School District

Dodge County students in kindergarten to twelfth grades are in the Dodge County School District, which consists of a pre-K school, two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 210 full-time teachers and over 3,500 students.

  • Dodge PreK School
  • South Dodge Elementary School
  • North Dodge Elementary School
  • Dodge County Middle School
  • Dodge County High School

Higher education

Middle Georgia State College, Eastman Campus
Middle Georgia State College - Eastman Campus at the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport
  • Georgia Military College - Eastman Campus
  • Middle Georgia State University — Eastman Aviation Campus (previously known as Georgia Aviation Technical College before it merged with the Middle Georgia College).

Peabody School

Peabody School, also known as Peabody High School, is an historic school building located on Herman Avenue in Eastman, Georgia. Built in 1938, it was designed by Eastman-born American architect Edward Columbus Hosford, who is noted for the courthouses and other buildings that he designed in Florida, Georgia and Texas. In the days of segregation, it was an all-black public school. It was closed in 1970 and its students were integrated into Dodge County High School and other formerly all-white public schools in Dodge County.

On November 20, 2004, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It was then vacant and in private ownership.

Notable people

  • Terry Coleman, Speaker of the House for 2003-2004 Legislative Session of Georgia General Assembly
  • Leonard Floyd, linebacker for NFL's Los Angeles Rams, formerly Chicago Bears
  • Ira Roe Foster, 19th century polymath, first mayor of Eastman, Quartermaster General of the State of Georgia, state senator and representative, brigadier general in Georgia Militia, built a sawmill in Dodge County
  • Edward Columbus Hosford, architect that created courthouses and later in life constructed specialized buildings. The first courthouse he built was the Dodge County Courthouse (1908) and the last building was the Peabody School (1938).
  • Martha Hudson, Olympic athlete who won the gold medal in 4 × 100 metre relay at 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome
  • Hank Mobley, hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer
  • Hugh Royer, Jr., professional golfer who played on PGA Tour in 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
  • Scott Stuckey, filmmaker and record producer in Washington, D.C.; creator of children's television show Pancake Mountain
  • W. S. Stuckey, Jr., Democratic Party member of United States House of Representatives who represented Georgia's 8th congressional district (1967–1977), president of Stuckey's (1958–1966) and later chairman of the board
  • W. S. Stuckey, Sr., founded Stuckey's in 1937
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