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History of Atlanta, Georgia in photos

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Geography:

Date of foundation: December 29, 1847

History: Atlanta was founded in 1837 as the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line (it was first named Marthasville in honor of the then-governor's daughter, nicknamed Terminus for its rail location, and then changed soon after to Atlanta, the feminine of Atlantic -- as in the railroad). Today the fast-growing city remains a transportation hub, not just for the country but also for the world: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest in daily passenger flights. Direct flights to Europe, South America, and Asia have made metro Atlanta easily accessible to the more than 1,000 international businesses that operate here and the more than 50 countries that have representation in the city through consulates, trade offices, and chambers of commerce. The city has emerged as a banking center and boasts the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country.

Atlanta is the capital city of the Southeast, a city of the future with strong ties to its past. The old in new Atlanta is the soul of the city, the heritage that enhances the quality of life in a contemporary city. In the turbulent 60s, Atlanta was "the city too busy to hate." And today, in the 21st century, Atlanta is the "city not too busy to care.” (www.atlantaga.gov)

Population: 447 841

Sights:

Atlanta. Boxcars with refugees at railroad depot, 1864
Boxcars with refugees at railroad depot, 1864
Atlanta. Century Building, 1920
Century Building, 1920
Atlanta. City Hall and camp, 1864
City Hall and camp of 2d Massachusetts Infantry on the grounds, 1864
Atlanta. Court House, between 1901 and 1907
Court House, between 1901 and 1907
Atlanta. Downtown Motel, between 1940 and 1960
Downtown Motel, between 1940 and 1960
Atlanta. Grand Opera House
Grand Opera House
Atlanta. Henry Woodfin Grady Memorial, 1909
Henry Woodfin Grady Memorial, 1909
Atlanta. Hoke Smith Fountain, 1910s
Hoke Smith Fountain, 1910s
Atlanta. Hotel Hilton
Hotel Hilton
Atlanta. Intelligencer newspaper office by the railroad depot, 1864
Intelligencer newspaper office by the railroad depot, 1864
Atlanta. Marietta Street, 1864
Marietta Street, Wagon train, 1864
Atlanta. Railroad depot, 1864
Railroad depot, 1864
Atlanta. Railroad depot and yard, 1864
Railroad depot and yard, Trout House and Masonic Hall in background, 1864
Atlanta. Railroad station, 1891
Railroad station, 1891
Atlanta. Railroad yard, 1864
Railroad yard, 1864
Atlanta. Railroad yard, 1864_1
Railroad yard, 1864_1
Atlanta. New Post Office, 1912
New Post Office, 1912
Atlanta. Street view, 1864
Street view, 1864
Atlanta. Trout House, Masonic Hall
Trout House, Masonic Hall and Federal encampment on Decatur Street, 1864
Atlanta. Union Army soldier at Confederate fortifications outside of Atlanta, 1864
Union Army soldier at Confederate fortifications outside of Atlanta, 1864
View of Atlanta, with railroad cars
View of Atlanta, with railroad cars in left foreground, between 1860 and 1910
Atlanta. View on Decatur Street
View on Decatur Street, showing Trout House and Masonic Hall, 1864
Atlanta. Whitehall Street, 1864
Whitehall Street, 1864
Atlanta. Womans Club, 946 Peachtree street, 1910
Womans Club, 946 Peachtree street, 1910

Photos posted on the website in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886, the term of protection which is fifty years after the author's death.

After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.



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