Augusta changed considerably between 1885 and 1950. The town that folks began to call The Garden City attracted Northern guests because of its mild winters.
Grand hotels such as the Bon Air and Partridge Inn catered to presidents of companies and U.S. presidents.
The visitors also brought golf -- a game new to this area -- and from that grew an Augusta tradition of fine courses that ultimately led to the creation of the Augusta National Golf Club and the annual Masters Tournament.
Though the mills along the canal continued to hum, the agrarian economy of the region began to wane. New opportunities arose and Augusta continued -- as it always had -- to reinvent itself.
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