Kennesaw has long been associated with railroads. In 1957, Walt Disney Productions released “The Great Locomotive Chase” which starred Fess Parker (a.k.a. Davy Crockett).
On April 12, 1862, James J. Andrews and his Yankee spies were riding northbound from Marietta on a train powered by The General, a powerful locomotive. The train stopped in Kennesaw for breakfast at the Lacy Hotel. Passengers and crewmen left the train, as usual.
Andrews and his cohorts stole the locomotive and rolled northward. The train’s conductor, William Fuller, led the chase to recapture The General by riding another locomotive, The Texas, in reverse! After court proceedings with the City of Chattanooga, The General was returned to Kennesaw in 1972. (Sorry, I’m out of space. You’ll have to rent the movie or visit The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History for more information.)
Kennesaw was greatly affected by the depression. The boll weevil wiped out the cotton industry. The 1950s were tough on Kennesaw, when a major bank and a cotton mill closed; then, Highway 41 bypassed the city. Kennesaw didn’t fully recover until the 1980s.
Kennesaw is well known for unanimously passing a law in 1982 mandating “every head of household to maintain a firearm together with ammunition.” Laugh, if you choose, but Kennesaw now has the lowest crime rate in Cobb County.
Kennesaw is a busy suburb of Atlanta, but you’ll find Southern hospitality everywhere you turn.