Towns Named Georgetown

There are many, many towns named Georgetown in the world. The ironic thing about them is that few of them were named for George Washington. About the only Georgetown named for Washington is the one in Kentucky. This city of 29,000 just north of Lexington was truly named after the Father of Our Country. There are about 50 Georgetowns in the world, and most of them appear to be named for kings. The Georgetown in South Carolina near the Atlantic Ocean, for example, was named for King George II of England. This seems especially important at the time of Queen Elizabeth of England’s death after a long reign.

Some of the more important Georgetowns are in diverse states. There are at least 35 of them, and some states like Pennsylvania have more than one. Pennsylvania has at least 3 Georgetowns. The Georgetown in California is a gold town of 2,300 or more people and a historical landmark. It was named for George Phipps, a miner, and is not too far from Sacramento.

The Georgetown in Colorado also has a mining history. It’s very small at a little more than 1,000 people and sits on a large lake that can be seen from I-70. Georgetown’s not too far from Denver in the high Rocky Mountains and some movies have been made there. It was named for George Griffith, a local official.

One of the larger Georgetowns is in Texas. It’s a city of more than 47,000 north of Austin. Known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, Georgetown was named for George W. Glasscock, who donated land for the town.

One of the more important Georgetowns is in Ohio. This town was the boyhood home of U S Grant, a Civil War hero who went on to be President. The town, however, was named for General Jacob Brown, a War of 1812 official who became a national hero.

There’s a fairly large Georgetown in Delaware. A town of more than 7,500 people near the bottom of the state, Georgetown is a colonial charmer in Sussex County. It was named for George Mitchell.

The 3 Georgetowns in Pennsylvania are in the Pittsburgh area, Lancaster County, and near Wilkes Barre.

The Georgetown in Connecticut is not too far from New York City. Three movies have been made there. It was named for George Abbott. He had a grist mill there.

There is a small town named George in Iowa with more than 1,000 people. It was named for a railroad track layer’s son named George, not George Washington.

Some of the more interesting international Georgetowns are in Australia and Canada. There are 3 Georgetowns Down Under in South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland. The Georgetown in Ontario is part of Toronto and a community of 42,000.


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