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Welcome to Fort Gaines ...

The city of Fort Gaines is located in Clay County<1> and is the County Seat for Clay County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Fort Gaines, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

A typical abbreviation for Fort Gaines: Ft. Gaines

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Fort Gaines has a population of 988 people<2> (see below for details).

Fort Gaines is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Fort Gaines lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel south from Fort Gaines (for example, toward Columbia (AL)), you will soon leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The telephone area code for Fort Gaines: (229)

The ZIP code for Fort Gaines: 31751<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Fort Gaines had an population of 988 people. This is a decrease of 10.75% since the 2010 Census.

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fort Gaines had a population of 1,107 people (or 34.78% of the total population of Clay County). This makes Fort Gaines the county's most populous community.

The population of Fort Gaines represents 0.01% of the total population of Georgia (which has 9,687,653 people), making it the state's 282nd most populous community.

More information can be found on the Census Page for Fort Gaines.

Communities Also Named Fort Gaines ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found another community named Fort Gaines - it's located in Alabama.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Fort Gaines.

Communities near Fort Gaines ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Fort Gaines.

  • Blakely
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
  • Cuthbert
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
  • Abbeville
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the west)
  • Edison
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
  • Rock Hill
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Hill
    • Rock Hill is located in Early County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 248 people
  • Bakerhill
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bakerhill
    • Bakerhill is located in Barbour County (AL)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 229 people
  • Bellville
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellville
    • Bellville is located in Clay County
    • Estimated population in 2019: 118 people
  • Haleburg
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haleburg have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haleburg
    • Haleburg is located in Henry County (AL)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 98 people
  • Bluffton
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
  • Shorterville
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shorterville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shorterville
    • Shorterville is located in Henry County (AL)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Fort Gaines. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Fort Gaines.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Fort Gaines. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fort Gaines.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Gaines. Our list includes 17 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Fort Gaines.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Fort Gaines ...

Looking for more information about Fort Gaines? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Fort Gaines, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Fort Gaines.

Adding Fort Gaines to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Fort Gaines in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Fort Gaines was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Fort Gaines.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Fort Gaines. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Georgia's counties, including Clay, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Fort Gaines.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Fort Gaines - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Fort Gaines). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fort Gaines or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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