A Little History of Sandy Springs

February 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Even though Sandy Springs just became of city, there is a history of the area that goes back to 1950. Here is a brief timeline of the city developement.


  • In 1950, the state legislature blocked Atlanta from annexing the area.
  • In 1952, the Buckhead area north of Atlanta and south of Sandy Springs was annexed.
  • In 1959, after a fire at Hammond Elementary School, Atlanta Mayor William Hartsfield urged residents to support annexation so that the area would have better firefighting protection.
  • In 1966, annexation was defeated in a referendum, with two-thirds voting against.
  • In 1975 and 1976, the Committee For Sandy Springs was created and efforts in the legislature began.
  • In 1989, a new push was made, this time to join neighboring Chattahoochee Plantation in Cobb County. This move was blocked by Speaker of the House Tom Murphy.
  • In July 2005, residents voted 94% for incorporation in a referendum.
  • In November 2005, Sandy Springs residents elected the city’s first mayor and city council. Eva Galambos, who had initiated and led the charge for incorporation, was elected mayor by a wide margin. All city officials took office when the city was incorporated on December 1.
  • In 2006, the city’s police force began service on July 1.
  • In 2006, the city’s fire department was lauched on December 29.

Can you add to this timeline?


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