Augusta is a consolidated city-county on the central eastern border of Georgia. The city lies across the Savannah River from South Carolina at the head of its navigable portion. Georgia's second-largest city; Augusta is located in the Piedmont section of the state.
Augusta was established in 1736 and is named for Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the mother of the British monarch George III. During the Civil War, Augusta housed the principal Confederate powder works. Augusta's warm climate made it a major resort town of the Eastern United States in the early and mid-20th century. Internationally, Augusta is best known for hosting The Masters golf tournament each spring.
Augusta lies approximately two hours east of downtown Atlanta by car via I-20. The city is home to Fort Gordon, a major U.S. Army base. In 2016, it was announced that the new National Cyber Security Headquarters would be based in Augusta, bringing as many as 10,000 cyber security specialists to the Fort Gordon area.