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Stockton is an unincorporated community in Lanier County, Georgia, United States.[1]

Stockton
Stockton Post Office
Stockton Post Office
Stockton is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Stockton
Stockton
Location within the state of Georgia
Stockton is located in the United States
Stockton
Stockton
Stockton (the United States)
Coordinates: 30°56′26″N 83°0′32″W / 30.94056°N 83.00889°W / 30.94056; -83.00889Coordinates: 30°56′26″N 83°0′32″W / 30.94056°N 83.00889°W / 30.94056; -83.00889
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyLanier
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31649

Stockton is located in the far southern portion of the state on U.S. Highway 84, near Valdosta and Lakeland. The surrounding area produces tobacco, turpentine, pine lumber, and pulpwood. Moody Air Force Base is located nearby, and transport is provided mainly by U.S. Route 84 and U.S. Route 129. Stockton is located near the Alapaha River and CSX Transportation runs through Stockton at least twice a day. Stockton's zip code is 31649.

HistoryEdit

The community was named after one Mr. Stockton, a railroad official.[2] Georgia General Assembly incorporated Stockton as a town in 1876.[3] The town's municipal charter was repealed in 1995.[2]

In 1944 the community was the site of the Stockton train wreck, a train derailment caused by a broken rail in which 47 people were killed.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Stockton, Georgia
  2. ^ a b Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 214. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  3. ^ Acts Passed by the General Assembly of Georgia. J. Johnston. 1876. p. 151.
  4. ^ Railway Signaling and Communications. Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation. 1946. p. 130.