Tucked away in rural farming community in Southern Georgia lies the city of Plains. Known most famously to be the birthplace and lifelong home of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. Less than 1,000 people call Plains, Georgia their home yet thousands of people each year make the journey to the small city to explore.
The area upon which the city of Plains lies was once home to a village for Muscogee people. It was here that the Native Americans hunted, gathered and raised their families. It was not until the 1840s when settlers began moving into the region. They found the soil to be excellent for farming and raising crops. Originally the city was called Plains of Dura, but the name simply changed to Plains in 1896.
As the train was introduced into the city a station was built which now serves as a museum in legacy to the previous president. During the height of Jimmy Carter’s campaign and presidency, thousands of people would flock to the city almost every day just to see what the hometown of a major figure looked like.
In response to this surge in tourism, Plains and the surrounding area have worked to preserve the legacy of Jimmy Carter while monetizing on his name to generate interest in the quaint community.
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