Decatur County is located in the southwest corner of the state, adjoining Baker, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, and Seminole counties. One of the largest counties in Georgia at 596.8 square miles, Decatur shares its southern boundary with the Florida state line. There are four incorporated cities in the county: Attapulgus, Bainbridge (the county seat), Brinson, and Climax (named after the fact that it is the highest point on the railroad between Savannah and the Chattahoochee River).
According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population of Decatur County is 27,842, a decrease from the 2000 population of 28,240.
Bainbridge College opened in 1973 and serves one Florida county and eight Georgia counties. The Gilbert H. Gragg–Decatur County Library is the headquarters of the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System and serves
Decatur County sits atop the Floridan aquifer and is bisected by the Flint River. Lake Seminole, created by a dam at the Florida line built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, forms the southwestern boundary of the county. The lake is noted for bass fishing and is the site of an annual national tournament. Jack Wingate's lodge and marina on the lake was made famous in the first Mark Trail comic strip, drawn by cartoonist Ed Dodd.
Decatur County Historical Society, Decatur County Georgia: Past and Present, 1823-1991 (Roswell, Ga.: W. H. Wolfe Associates, 1991).
Raymond L. Chambers, Bainbridge College
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