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Valdosta is a small town of around fifty thousand people in south Georgia. It is a major commercial hub for the surrounding area.
Valdosta was founded in 1860 as the county seat of Lowndes County. As a rural backwater, Valdosta suffered little effects from the Civil War. During the late 19th century, Valdosta became one of the largest producers of turpentine in the world. In 1941, Valdosta Airfield opened. This would later become Moody Air Force Base. Today, Moody is one of the largest employers in Valdosta. Since the end of World War II, Valdosta has grown significantly. It is expected that this growth will continue into the 21st century.