About This Place
Fort Oglethorpe is a city in Catoosa County in the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 6,940 at the 2000 census – 6,755 of the city's 6,940 residents (97.3%) lived in Catoosa County and 185 (2.7%) in Walker County, Georgia. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2004, Fort Oglethorpe annexed an additional portion of Walker County.
Established as Chickamauga Post in 1902 by United States Army, the base was later named Fort Oglethorpe after James Oglethorpe, the founder of the Colony of Georgia. The base served largely as a cavalry post for the 6th Cavalry. During World War I and World War II, it served a war-time induction and processing center, and also housed prisoners of war. Fort Oglethorpe was a also major training center for the Women's Army Corps during World War II. The post was declared surplus in 1947 and sold to civilians, forming the nucleus for a city that was incorporated in 1949.
Fort Oglethorpe is located at 34°56′44″N 85°14′44″W / 34.94556°N 85.24556°W / 34.94556; -85.24556 (34.945683, -85.245653).