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Suffolk Downs, Fulton County, Georgia, USA

Suffolk Downs is a neighbourhood located at 33° 35 56 N 84° 35 33 W. It is situated approximately 20 miles to the south west of the city of Atlanta.

No population figures available.

How to get there:-

By Road: From Atlanta, head south on Interstate Highway 75, then Interstate Highway 85. Take exit 69 onto State Highway 14 then continue on South Fulton Parkway. Turn left onto Stonewall Tell Road, then right onto Koweta Road.         

From Birmingham & the west, take Interstate Highway 20 to Douglasville, then State Highway 92, before turning left onto Koweta Road. From Macon & the south, take Interstate Highway 75 northwards. Turn onto State Highway 14 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, then follow route as from Atlanta.

By Rail: Atlanta’s main Amtrak station is located in Peachtree Street Northwest, in the Midtown district. Amtrak Crescent service links with New York, Washington & New Orleans.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located approximately 12 miles by road from Suffolk Downs.

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 hrs).  Daylight saving time in summer + 1 hr.

 

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Derivation of Name

Fulton County

 

 

Derivation of Name

Suffolk Downs was originally built as a horse racing track in the early 1970s; presumably named after the more famous racetrack of the same name in Massachusetts (see Suffolk Downs Racetrack section on the Suffolk County, Massachusetts page). Horse racing was never able to get pari-mutuel betting (known in some countries as the Tote) passed in Georgia, so the owner opened his track to dirt track auto racing. Business was poor so he closed it.

It appears that although reported in the US Board of Place Names as a Populated Place, apart from a few residences along Koweta Road, most of the roads have yet to have houses built along them & a great deal of the area is now heavily wooded.

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Fulton County

Suffolk Downs is located in Fulton County, which was created from the western half of DeKalb County in 1853. In 1932, Milton County to the north & Campbell County to the southwest were absorbed into Fulton County. The common assumption is that the name derives from Robert Fulton, who built the Clermont, the first commercially successful steamboat, in 1807. A rival theory, however, is that it was named in honour of Hamilton Fulton, a surveyor for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. The county seat is Atlanta which is also the state capital. Fulton County’s population in 2009 was calculated as more than 1,000,000. Fulton County has boundaries with Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth, Carroll, Douglas, Coweta, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Fayette & Clayton counties.

Less than three miles to the south of Suffolk Downs is the city of Fairburn. The town was initially founded as Cartersville in 1833, then changed its name to Berryville, before becoming Fairburn; receiving its town charter in 1854. The name is thought to have derived from the village of Fairburn in North Yorkshire, England. Today, downtown Fairburn is a Commercial Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

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