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|City of Kingsland|
Clockwise from top: Kingsland Commercial Historic District, Kingsland City Hall, municipal water tower, Lone Sailor statue at Veterans' Park
"The City of Royal Treatment"
|State||Georgia (U.S. state)|
|Named for||William Henry King|
|• Total||44.95 sq mi (116.43 km2)|
|• Land||44.74 sq mi (115.87 km2)|
|• Water||0.22 sq mi (0.56 km2)|
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|• Density||409.88/sq mi (158.26/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
31537, 31548, 31558, 31569
|GNIS feature ID||0316462|
The Kingsland Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 17, 1994. It includes the area surrounding South Lee Street between King Street and William Street. It hosts an annual Catfish Festival on Labor Day weekend. It is also home to Neutral Zone Studios, where Star Trek fans can come and make Star Trek fan films, the most notable being Star Trek Continues.
In 1788, the King family bought large amounts of land west of St. Marys. The Kings named the plantation Woodlawn. The great-grandson of John King, William King, later built a home on "King's Land." On Christmas Day in 1893 the first passenger train (the Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad, today's CSX Railroad) rolled into Camden County right across King’s property. As Mr. William King's house was the only one in site, the railroad company named the area “Kings Land.” With the coming of the railroad, people from all areas began to build in and around Kings Land setting a new era in motion. After the railroad was developed, William Henry King mapped out the town to be located on his property and named it in his honor. Stores and businesses were open and he became the first mayor when the City of Kingsland was incorporated in 1908. Presumably, this was when the town’s two-word title became only one word. The first Kingsland newspaper was published on April 5, 1895 by the Southeast Georgian.
In 1928, the nation's first Maine to Miami road, known in Georgia as the Dixie Highway, was being planned, although it wouldn’t open and pass through Kingsland until 1927. Until that time most people used the St Marys River ferry to cross back and forth between St Marys and Kingsland. Before the wide spread use of automobiles, water traffic was an essential means of transportation for the residents and businesses of Camden County.
The City’s Police and Volunteer Fire Departments have been traced back to 1942 and 1943, respectively. The first fire truck in the 1940s consisted of an army wagon with a pump on it that would be pulled by the first pickup truck to get there. In the 1950s the first fire truck was built by putting the old tank and pump on a 1953 Chevrolet chassis. The first factory built truck was purchased in 1968. In 1973, the first ambulance license was issued to Kingsland Fire Rescue and they served the whole county.
In 1969 the City bought its first garbage truck, a Ford Packard and began charging for pickup. Before that time, a flat bed truck was used and there was not a fee charged. The City operated its own landfill until 1992.
In April 2007, the largest wild fire in Georgia history, the Bugaboo Scrub Fire started in the nearby Okefenokee Swamp. Kingsland was blanketed in smoke until the fire came under control.
Kingsland is located in southwestern Camden County at Florida line. It is bordered by St. Marys to the east. Interstate 95 runs through the eastern part of the city, with access from four exits. U.S. Route 17, an older highway running parallel to I-95, passes through the center of Kingsland. Jacksonville, Florida, is 36 miles (58 km) to the south, and Brunswick is 34 miles (55 km) to the north.(30.794612, -81.671720), just north of the
According to the United States Census Bureau, recent annexations by the city of large tracts of land have resulted in a total area of 45.0 square miles (116.5 km2), of which 42.7 square miles (110.7 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), or 4.99%, is water. This recent growth makes Kingsland the twelfth largest city in the state of Georgia by land mass.
|Climate data for Kingsland, Georgia|
|Rainfall inches (mm)||2.86
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||4,092||22.32%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,335||7.28%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,337 people, 6,118 households, and 4,546 families residing in the city.
- College of Coastal Georgia
- Camden County High School
- Camden County Middle School
- Kingsland Elementary School
- Matilda Harris Elementary School
- David L. Rainer Elementary School
- Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School
- Crooked River Elementary School
- Coastal Academy
- New Hope Christian Academy
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