Early days in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, including Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 64-page spiral-bound booklet reprinted from two rare books: the Rev. George White's Historical Collections of Georgia and Georgia, a Guide to Its Towns and Countryside, a WPA publication. The booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of vinyl protects the three color front cover. Besides Atlanta, the book includes the present or past communities of Marietta, Acworth, Powder Springs, Roswell, Kenesaw Town, Alatoona, Sweet Water Old Town, Buffalo Fish Town, Decatur and Campbellton. Excerpts from White's book covers the development of this area until shortly before its publication date of 1854. Fulton County, formed in 1853, was not included. However, we have included White's observations on Campbell County, which merged with Fulton in 1932. Excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic view from a mid 20th Century vantage point. Among the many and diverse topics in the booklet are: the Georgia Military Institute; the Water-Cure Establishment near Kenesaw Mountain; Denmead's (flour) Mill, Marietta Tannery, Rosewell Mfg. Co. and other businesses; Chattahoochee land; Illnesses; Instances of Longevity (including William Suttles, who died at age 108); Early Settlers; First Grand Jurors of Campbell and Cobb counties; an unusually sobering punishment; Atlanta businesses in 1854; extract from Atlanta's Census of 1850; Stone Mountain; a small map of 1940 Atlanta; How Railroads built Atlanta (White Hall to Terminus to Marthasville to Atlanta); Atlanta in the War Between the States; the Burning of Atlanta by Sherman's army; Reconstruction Headquarters in atlanta; Unveiling of the Benjamin Hill statue in 1886; When Atlanta became Georgia's Capital; the International Cotton Exposition of 1881 and the Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895; Atlanta in World War I; The Central Expressway; Points of Interest, including Five Points, the Old Lamppost, the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia, Henry Grady Monument, the State Capitol, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta University (started in a boxcar), Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Morris Brown College, Clark College, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta painted in 1886, and "The Texas" involved in the dramatic Civil War Railroad chase known as Andrews Raid; Kennesaw National Monument Battlefield Park, the Alice McLellan Birney Memorial; the Marietta National Cemetery; Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Agnes Scott College in Decatur; and numerous other bits of history and trivia.
Atlanta Cobb DeKalb and Fulton Counties, GA
Sources: Historical Collections of Georgia / History of the Atlanta Georgia area
Authors: Rev. George White
Original Publication Year: 1854
Original Publisher: Pudney and Russell
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