Originally known as "the Big Shanty" because there were several shanties that came about when the workers were building the Western and Atlantic Railroad in the 1800s. "Kennesaw" arose from the Cherokee work for burial ground after battles took place there during the Civil War at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Today, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park contains many of these historic spots. First Lady Laura Bush designated Kennesaw a Preserve America Community in 2004.
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As it is home to Kennesaw State University, the population of 18-25 year old's has grown over the past few years and there is a ton to do. Whether you are looking for an active day outside and go climb Kennesaw Mountain, or want to go shopping at Town Center Mall, there is something for everyone.
Local attractions include the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, KSU Museum of History and Holocaust Education, the KSU Bentley Rare Book Room and Archives, and the Swift-Cantrell Park. Another interesting addition to the city of Kennesaw is its use of city-wide wi-fi, presented in 2008. Also, be sure to check out festivals in Kennesaw throughout the year, like the Big Shanty Festival every April.
- Big Shanty Intermediate School
- Bullard Elementary School
- Chalker Elementary School
- Hayes Elementary School
- Kennesaw Elementary School
- Lewis Elementary School
- Autrey Middle School
- Lost Mountain Middle School
- McClure Middle School
- Palmer Middle School
- Pine Mountain Middle School
- Harrison High School
- Kennesaw Mountain High School
- North Cobb High School
- Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy
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