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Wagon display tells tale of Sugar Hill's naming

Special Photo The city of Sugar Hill recently installed a wagon in the roundabout on West Broad St., representing the origin of the city's name.

Special Photo The city of Sugar Hill recently installed a wagon in the roundabout on West Broad St., representing the origin of the city's name.

SUGAR HILL -- The broken-wheeled wagon that now graces the center of the roundabout on Sugar Hill's West Broad Street isn't just for the heck of it -- it's a symbol of how the city got its name in the first place.

According to legend (and Sugar Hill community relations director Don Kelemen), the nearby city of Buford was once a railhead from whence freight wagons regularly traveled to Cumming.

"The story is that on one of the freight trips a heavily loaded wagon lost a wheel on a high hill and spilled a part of its load, including several large bags of sugar," Keleman said. "The broken wheel was repaired and the wagon reloaded -- except for the sugar, which had been split open and spilled on the hill."

The area, apparently, became known as "the hill where sugar spilled" before making the natural progression to "Sugar Hill." It was chartered as a city in 1939.

Kelemen said the city installed the symbolic wagon (broken rear wheel and all) on Sugar Hill's main thoroughfare so "our citizens can relay the story to visitors."