Bleckley County, in central Georgia, was named for state chief justice Logan Bleckley. The 219-square-mile county was carved from Pulaski County by constitutional amendment in October 1912, when it became Georgia's 147th county. The area was originally inhabited by the Creek Indians.
The seat of Bleckley County, Cochran, originally known as Dykesboro, was incorporated in 1869 and named for Judge Arthur E. Cochran, president of the Macon and Brunswick (later Southern) Railroad.
Other towns in the county are Allentown and Empire. Allentown existed first as Cross Roads, then as Cool Spring, and later as Allen's rail lines, the Macon and Brunswick division of the Southern Railroad and the Wrightsville and Tennille Railroad. The county also includes the community of Cary.
Descriptions soil promoted an active agricultural economy with an emphasis on row crops (especially cotton, soybeans, and peanuts), fruit orchards (primarily peaches, apples, and pecans), and livestock.
Bleckley is home to Middle Georgia College, a two-year residential college in the University System of Georgia.
Points of interest in the county include the Ocmulgee River and Game Preserve, and Hillcrest (also known as Cedar Hall), an early-twentieth-century home in Cochran built in the Classical Revival style and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population of the county is 13,063, an increase from the 2000 population of 11,666.
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