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Although Augusta escaped the ravages of Union troops during the Civil War, nature itself was not so kind. On a crossing of the Savannah River, the town was flooded many times before modern-day city planning redirected the water into a collection of small lakes and creeks. Now the current is so mild that citizens gather to send bathtub toys downstream every year in the annual Rubber Duck Derby.

The second-oldest city in Georgia, founded by James Oglethorpe, it's also now Georgia's second-largest city. The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon bring people from all over the country to settle in Augusta. It's also home to the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta University. While the historic charm remains, its population is ever growing and changing.

Check out the Augusta Daily Chronicle and the Metro Spirit for up-to-the-minute information about what's going on in town.

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