Did you know when the Georgia state quarter was released it was discovered that the upper northwest corner of the state was left out?
This means that Dade County was left off the quarter. Could it have been intentional?
It is understandable since a Dade politician during the 1850s threatened to seceede from Georgia if the state did not seceede from the Union, and in 1945 the county finally passed a resolution to join the Union 80 years after the end of the Civil War.
Dade County has always been a place unto itself even from its earliest times. There was absolutely no road connecting Dade County to the rest the state until 1939. Folks who lived there had to travel around through Alabama or Tennessee in order to enter Dade County. Once Cloudland Canyon was purchased the necessary road was built.
Dade’s independent streak is still evident today as they have adopted the older version of the Georgia state flag as their official county banner. There are plans to display the old flag on a second pole outside each Dade County public building in the county seat of Trenton which is about twenty-five miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Picture Credit: Cloudland Canyon from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government site.