Warner Robins Celebrates 70 Years of History | News
More than 250 people gathered at the Wellston Center in Warner Robins Wednesday morning to celebrate 70 years of history.
On March 5, 1943, the state legislature signed a bill incorporating the City of Warner Robins. Prior to that date, the town was called Wellston.
Many of the people at the "Pioneer Breakfast" said they had lived in the city for more than 50 years.
They shared stories of how the city used to be and what it has become.
Life-long resident Sonny Watson remembered when the first movie theater came to town.
He said, "We all used to go to the movie theater, and it was ten cents to get in. That was the first entertainment we had in Warner Robins."
Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker recalled when the city had only a few paved roads.
He said, "I can tell you where the pavement actually terminated."
As the crowd enjoyed a meal together, they watched a message from Governor Nathan Deal.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau also shared video footage of interviews with long-time residents of the city. The CVB is in the process of collecting oral histories.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen praised the city's progress in the last 70 years and its strong relationship with Robins Air Force Base.
Col. Mitchel Butikofer said, "The day when the community agreed to rename Wellston to Warner Robins in honor of Augustine Warner Robins. I think that changed the future, changed history."