Marietta is a city located in central Cobb County, and is its county seat. It is one of metro Atlanta’s largest suburbs with a population of 57,579 residents. It is located outside of I-285 in-between I-75 and GA 400. This city within the city of Atlanta is a well organized, citizen centered community, receiving many accolades during the past several years. The city has been identified as being an All American City in 2006. It has the distinction of being named one of the top 25 places in the country to retire by CNNMoney.com in 2011. Marietta has a rich and colorful history dating back thousands of years in the Cherokee story. The modern era of Marietta begins with a small settlement near the what would become the town of Kennesaw in 1824. As was the case in virtually every other place in the New World, counties were established by the state in what was originally Indian land. Cobb County was one, named for the prominent local citizen, Thomas Willis Cobb, who was a member of Congress in both the House and Senate and was also appointed to the Supreme Court. It was reported by the by the Georgia Gazatteer in 1837, Marietta was named for Cobb's wife. The town was recognized by the Georgia legislature in late 1834. If one travels the back roads of the U.S., it is hard to deny the predominant pattern of small town design with a square in the center, (often containing a courthouse) flanked on all sides by the homes and businesses of the first residents. Marietta is no exception. In the case of this town, it became the site of the Western and Atlantic railroad hub and business began to boom. The town was decimated by fire several time during the 1850s. And being fully recovered at the moment of the attack on Fort Sumter, Marietta would experience the devastation brought by General William Tecumseh Sherman's "March to the Sea."
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