Macon is located in central Gerogia, giving it the nick name "The Heart of Georgia." Founded in 1823, Macon became a prosperous city due to the railroad and cotton industry, along with its location on the Ocmulgee River which allowed for shipping to markets. The city grew with wide avenues of beautiful homes and brick buildings for commerce. Macon's Indian, Civil War, African American, and Music heritage has earned it more listing on the National Register of Historic Places than any other city in Georgia. In 2012, voters in Macon and Bibb County approved a new consolidated government between the city and county, making the city's new boundary lines the same as the county's. The city has several institutions of higher education, as well as numerous museums and tourism sites. Pictures of court house and cherry blossom festival courtesy of Wikipedia and Macondude.