• Some records indicate Ball Ground was originally named Battle Ground on early maps. The town is located near fields that the Cherokee Indians used to play stick ball, a rough game similar to modern lacrosse. Local legend, as well as the Georgia Government's website,2230,8310629,00.html indicate that Ball Ground derrives its name from the game player by the Cherokee Indians native to Cherokee County. The large fields and abundance of freshwater streams made Ball Ground an alluring place for the large gatherings of Native Americans because the ball game required large, flat fields, and there were plenty of natural resources to support large groups of people. When settlers entered the area, the streams and fields attracted farmers, who dammed up creeks to create numerous manmade ponds and lakes. Most ponds and lakes still exist today, and Ball Ground still has a predominantly agriculturally based economy. Ball Ground, in the northern part of Cherokee County, Georgia, is a lively community of almost 1,000 residents. Two and one-half miles to the east of the town, near the confluence of Long-Swamp Creek and the Etowah River, is the traditional site of 'Taliwa', the most decisive battle of the war between Cherokee and Creek Indians in the 1700's. Cherokee history tells that the conflict over territory was determined by a stickball game here. Before the railroad came through in 1882, the city was almost purely agricultural, consisting of two country stores and a few dwellings. After the railroad, the town grew as a result of the marble-working industry. Today, Ball Ground is growing as businesses and homeowners are pushing into the North Georgia mountains along the I-575 corridor. It boasts a number of new subdivisions and light industry. Source:

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