In the 1880′s, James U. Jackson, who as a boy envisioned a town on the bluff area across the Savannah River from Augusta, developed the plans for 600 acres that would make up the new village. He hired the finest professionals from New York to design what would become “North Augusta”. Critics in Augusta told him his dream would fail. At that time, the only access to South Carolina from Augusta was via the Fifth Street Bridge. The naysayers believed that no one would want to travel through the slums of the Hamburg community to get to Jackson’s new town.
James Jackson was a visionary and continued to pursue the dream he had for the town. He traveled to New York to get financial backing and built a new bridge to North Augusta–the Thirteenth Street/Georgia Avenue Bridge (Now known as the James U. Jackson Memorial Bridge). The town of North Augusta became a reality and was incorporated in 1906.
The original land area was approximately 722 acres. In 1951, the City held a referendum and extended its boundaries to an area of 5,139 acres. Since 1951, the City has annexed over 6,000 acres, bringing the total land area to approximately 19.5 square miles. North Augusta is located in Aiken County in the southwestern portion of South Carolina and 67 miles west of Columbia, the State capitol. The Savannah River forms the State line between South Carolina and Georgia. The City’s nearest neighbor is Augusta, Georgia, located just across the Savannah River.
The best part of the past remains in North Augusta today, blended with a modern outlook to create a unique community that has pride in its commitment to be independent and self reliant, with a deep sense of togetherness and achievement.