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Valdosta is a city in, and the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 43,724. It was incorporated on 7 December 1860, at which time the county government was moved from nearby Troupeville.
It is a commercial center of south Georgia with numerous manufacturing plants. The surrounding area produces tobacco, turpentine, pine lumber, and pulpwood. Moody Air Force Base is located nearby, and transportation is provided mainly by Interstate 75.
Valdosta is also the home of Valdosta State University (VSU), founded in 1906 as South Georgia State Normal College for Women. It became part of the University System of Georgia in 1950. Valdosta Technical Institute is also located in the city.
Valdosta is located at 30°50'48" North, 83°16'59" West (30.846661, -83.283101).
It is located in the coastal plain of Georgia and thus has a virtually flat landscape. Highways stretch for miles with hardly a curve, rise, or fall. The 60 miles (97km) of railway between Valdosta and Waycross was once the longest straight stretch of railroad in the world.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 78.4 km² (30.3 mi²). 77.5 km² (29.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.09% water.
Valdosta was founded in 1860 by residents of Troupville, Georgia. Troupville was a steamboat landing on the Withlacoochee River, but when the Gulf and Atlantic Railroad was built four miles (about 6km) away, the inhabitants simply picked up the town and moved it to the railroad. There are still buildings in Valdosta that made the move.
The county's courthouse was built around 1905, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The now virtually abandoned Troupville had been named after Governor George Troup, for whom Troup County, Georgia was also named. Valdosta was named after Troup's estate, Val d'Osta, which itself was named after the Valle d'Aosta valley in Italy. Recipes such as Fonduta alla Valdostana and Pollo alla Valdostana refer to the Italian region and use Fontina cheese made there, and not to the south Georgia city.
Valdosta was once the center of long-staple cotton growing in the United States until the Boll Weevil finally killed the crop in 1917 and agriculture turned to tobacco and pine trees.
The world's second Coca-Cola bottling plant is in Valdosta.
Notable natives include Western dentist/gunfighter/gambler Doc Holliday, comedian Bill Hicks, and James Lord Pierpoint, composer of "Jingle Bells".
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