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CANTON STORY LINE
Opening   Railroad Line   Canton Cotton Mill   Busy Downtown   Growth and change

 

A city of with many faces, Canton is county seat for Cherokee County, Georgia. Canton and Cherokee County is often described today as a place "where metro meets the mountains" (http://www.cherokee-chamber.com/). Located about 35 miles north of Atlanta, Canton is in many ways typically suburban. At the same time, it maintains a distinctive rural or small town character. At the turn of the century Canton was a more singular small town; an achetypical place that looked and felt like hunderds of like sized cities in America. The history of Canton and Cherokee County is as rich as it is long, as controversial as it is diversified, and growing as fast as it is remaining the same.

 

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Writing the story

 

We decided to develop a complete story line on the city of Canton, as a way of emphasizing the importance of the city in Asaph's life. This story line provided us with an opportunity to address issues related to place and interaction, such as how natural resources around Canton would support the textile industry and how this would affect thousands of people who worked for and supported the textile industry.