In 1838, the first railroad station west of Savannah was named for Robert William Pooler. William W. Gordon, president of Central of Georgia Railroad, named the station for Pooler as a reward for the difficult and tedious work he had completed on a feasibility study to determine the route that railroad would take through various Georgia towns and counties. Neither man could know that on December 9, 1864 General William T. Sherman and his troops would make camp beside that very railroad station in preparation for their siege of Savannah.
Pooler had a population of just 337 when it incorporated in 1907. The first Pooler Town Hall was built in 1923. That building was sold to the town of Register, GA when a new town hall was constructed in the 1960s.
In the 1990s, the sleepy pace of the small town changed. Forward-thinking City officials conducted well planned annexation, contributing to a strong tax base for Pooler. In 1996, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum opened its 90,000 square foot facility near I-95 and Highway 80 in Pooler. J.C. Bamford Company built a 500,000 square foot manufacturing facility and a mega-site at I-95 and I-16 is developed and ready for a major company.
National retailers, realizing the potential of the community, located major facilities in Pooler. A modern YMCA opened and a new airport facility, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, was built adjacent to the City.
The new millennium has seen unparalleled growth in the area. The completion of Pooler Parkway, linking I-95 and I-16, has given momentum to an already booming economy. Commercial businesses are quickly establishing branches in the community. Small businesses are starting up and apartment and housing projects are developing at an extraordinary rate.
The City, to keep up with the rapidly growing population, is developing a multi-use sports complex on 102 acres off Pooler Parkway. The unprecedented growth in new businesses and home sites, with many more projects still on the drawing boards, contributes to the City being recognized as the fastest growing community in Georgia.
Pooler, with all its growth, still offers a serene, secure and affordable small town atmosphere for families and businesses.