Today’s #WayBackWednesday will take you on an historic ride all the back to the early 1900’s. In the last blog about the history of Newton County, we revealed to y’all the 1800’s and how Newton County citizens survived the Civil War. Sit back and relax, as we now visit the early 1900’s.
As the 1800’s faded away and brought in a brand new century, Newton County went from being strictly agricultural to industrial. Wars both domestic and abroad, devastating fires, the development of the automobile, plus the rise and fall of cotton empire created opportunities for rebuilding that carried Newton County into the early decades of the 20th Century.
The downtown square of Covington, GA became a hotspot for Newton County citizens in 1900 when the Central of Georgia Railway arrived. This helped bring a lot of traffic in and out of Covington. In 1908, the square became even more industrialized because of the Savannah Auto Club Endurance Race.