Acworth, Georgia
Acworth, Ga. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

ACWORTH, Georgia — The city of Acrowth owes its existence to the Western & Atlantic Railroad.

According to sources, the community was initially known as Northcutt, but Lewis Gregg, a surveyor for the railroad, asked to name one community. He named the town Acworth after his New Hampshire hometown.

In April 1986, the city placed a Santa Fe style caboose constructed in 1942 in the middle of the town. The Seaboard System Railroad donated the caboose to the Greater Acworth Business and Professional Association.

Notable Happenings

  • January 1896: A Western & Atlantic Railroad brakeman was killed after he was dragged under a train. He was riding on the side of the train and began to climb down as the train slowed, but his overcoat caught on a passing train.
  • Sept. 13, 1938: 25 cars of a 40-car Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway train derailed in town. Officials said the flange of a wheel on a car near the locomotive broke, leading to the derailment. One hobo was injured in the derailment.
  • December 1941: Sparks from the firebox of a Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway locomotive set fire to bridge near Acworth. The fire badly damaged the bridge, forcing the railroad to reroute traffic from the line for several days.
  • Nov. 30, 1956: A 48-year-old man was killed after his panel truck collided with a Louisville & Nashville train at a grade crossing in the city.
  • January 1980: 700 Acworth residents evacuated after four tank cars filled with flammable gases and liquids derailed in the city.

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