Quick Facts About Roswell


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There are many things to see and do in Roswell at all times. The Historic Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau can arrange special tours, mini-events, entertainment, luncheons, dinners, step-on guides, receptions, and goody bags for groups. Whatever your needs, the CVB is anxious to assist.

  • The City of Roswell was founded by Roswell King who came from St. Simons Island, GA in 1836.
  • Roswell King established the Roswell Manufacturing Company and built a mill to harness the power of the local rivers to make textiles.
  • Roswell officially became a city on February 16, 1854.
  • Union Soldiers occupied Roswell from July 5 – July 17, 1864 on their march to Atlanta.
  • The Roswell Manufacturing Company mill was destroyed by fire twice.
    • In 1864, Union General W.T. Sherman ordered soldiers to torch the mill.
    • Lightening caused the second fire.
  • Telephone service came to Roswell in 1901. All phone numbers were one digit.
  • The very first traffic signal was installed in 1949 at the intersection of Sloan and Atlanta streets for $436.40.
  • Dr. Francis Goulding, an early Roswell resident and author of children’s books, invented the sewing machine. Unfortunately, this machine is not associated with his name because he failed to obtain a patent.
  • Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, the mother of 26th President Theodore Roosevelt, was born at Bulloch Hall. She was the daughter of one of Roswell’s first families, the Major James Stephen Bulloch family.
  • Mittie’s other son, Elliot, became the father of Eleanor Roosevelt who would later marry President Franklin D. Roosevelt (a distant cousin).
  • Roswell is now Georgia’s eighth largest city, but its major growth in population has just happened in the last twenty years:
    • 1870: 479
    • 1880: 1,180
    • 1920: 1,316
    • 1940: 1,622
    • 1950: 2,123
    • 1980: 23,337
    • 1990: 48,257
    • 2000: 79,334
    • 2010: 88,346
  • The City of Roswell has 22 parks with 918 acres of active and passive parkland and facilities.
  • The City Hall building was completed in 1991 at a cost of $12 million.
  • The City has been chosen twice by Atlanta Magazine as the best place to live in the Metro-Atlanta area.
  • The Georgia Municipal Association awarded the City of Roswell the City of Excellence Award in 2003.
  • The City of Roswell has been ranked one of the safest cities to live in the United States according to City Crime Rankings.

The Way to Roswell

  • Along the GA 400 corridor, making it accessible to the North Georgia Mountains.
  • Atlanta Hartsfield Intl. Airport is only 30 miles south of Roswell.
  • MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) provides bus service to Roswell.