Monday, July 26, 2010

Elko, GA

Elko, GA
[Houston County]
Population: unknown

Founded around 1890 as a railroad town, Elko prospered in the early 1900s as a local depot and trading center for cotton planters in southern Houston County. The origin of the name "Elko" is obscure, but it is believed to have been bestowed by the GS&F railroad company in 1889.

As an unincorporated town, Elko is governed by the Houston County Board of Commissioners and protected by county sheriff's patrols and a volunteer fire department. The town's churches hold monthly services, with some residents attending more than one church on alternating Sundays.

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