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Alpharetta is a city and a suburb of Atlanta located in Fulton County, Georgia. In the 1830s, the Cherokee people in Georgia were relocated to the Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). Pioneers then settled on the newly vacant land, along a former Cherokee trail running from the North Georgia mountains to the Chattahoochee. One of the first landmarks in the area was the New Prospect Camp Ground, located beside a natural spring near the current downtown of Alpharetta. In following years it became a trading post for settlers. Known as the town of Milton until July of 1858, the city of Alpharetta was chartered on December 11, 1858, with boundaries extending in a half mile from the city courthouse. In 1931 Milton County was merged with Fulton County to avoid bankruptcy during the Great Depression. The city's name is a variation of a fictional Indian woman from a 19th-century song, "The Blue Juniata". The name of the city is supposed to be related to the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Alpha. Find the perfect corporate housing solution for your needs in Alpharetta with National.