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Interesting and Fun Facts About Atlanta

Updated on July 23, 2009

The city of Atlanta, Georgia has had a long and fascinating history. From its important role in the development of the Deep South, to its famous role in the American Civil War, to its modern role as one of the major economical centers of the region, Atlanta has been a popular destination in the state of Georgia for many years. The city's history is chronicled to great extent in the many museums and galleries found there, and it is one of the more famous cities in the United States. Here though are some interesting facts about the city of Atlanta, Georgia.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - world's busiest airport

Thanks in large part to it being the primary hub for Delta Airlines, as well as many other minor airlines, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the the world's busiest airport when measured by both passengers that come and go as well as by take-offs and landings. The original airport was built on the site in the mid 1920s and was named Candler Field after Atlanta mayor and Coca-Cola tycoon Asa Candler.

Union General William T. Sherman burned Atlanta in the Civil War

One of the most famous moments of the American Civil War was the burning of Atlanta at the instructions of Union General William T. Sherman. At the time of the this momentous event, the city of Atlanta was still relatively new only being seventeen years old, having been just incorporated in 1847.

Eastern Continental Divide runs through Atlanta

The Eastern Continental Divide runs right through downtown Atlanta. This means that rainwater that comes down in some areas of the community enters the streams, creeks, and rivers that lead to the Atlantic Ocean to the east, while water that comes down in other areas of the city ends up flowing to the Gulf of Mexico to the south and west.

Bank of America Plaza - Tallest U.S. Building outside of New York and Chicago

The tallest building in the United States NOT located in either New York City or Chicago is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The Bank of America Plaza stands at 1,023 feet tall and dominates the city's skyline. One of the interesting parts of the design of the building is that there are no street level pedestrian entrances, most people enter and exit the building from the parking areas located underground.

Atlanta Ballet - oldest professional dance company in the U.S.

The Atlanta Ballet, founded in 1929, is the oldest professional dance company in the United States of America. The company puts on a select number of performances each year and also does community outreach through its Centre for Dance Education which educates young children and adults alike on various forms of dance.

"The Phoenix" - Symbol of Atlanta

The "Phoenix" is the symbol of the city. This is due to the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917, in which losses went up to 5.5 milliion.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthplace

Atlanta is the birthplace of the great Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most prominent leaders in the African American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. He spent his childhood years up to high school in Atlanta. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Atlanta - Corporate Headquarters

Atlanta is home to many corporations, the most famous being The Coca-Cola company. Atlanta has a museum dedicated to Coca cola that's well worth a visit. CNN is another large corporation that has its headquarters in Atlanta.

Atlanta - Many streets named 'Peachtree'

Atlanta has over 100 different streets all named Peachtree. The actual name did not come from a Peach tree but from a Creek settlement named Standing Pitch Tree, the name was derived from a long very tall tree in the settlement. If you are wondering how people do not get confused if they are given a "Peachtree" address, this is because there is always an additional word before or after "Peachtree" to create some variation. For example: Peachtree Trail, Peachtree Walk, Peachtree Lane, and so on.

Marthasville - Prior name of Atlanta

Marthasville was the name of Atlanta from 1843-1845. This prior name was from previous governor Wilson Lumpkin's daughter. Wilson Lumpkin served in the Georgia House of Representatives, he also served as a U.S. Congressman and finally from 1831-1835, he was the Governor of Georgia.

Home of the 1996 Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta in 1996. 197 nations participated in the event. The criticism of these Olympics were that it was highly commercialized, with corporate sponsors everywhere.

Stupid Atlanta Fun Fact..

And a stupid fun fact.. It is illegal to dress a mannequin in Atlanta without first closing the curtains!

Have a fun time in Atlanta

The city of Atlanta is one of those truly special places that offers its visitors the ability to never ever be bored once they enter it. For your travel needs book online with cheaptickets, which offer you great deals on Atlanta travel. In addition use a cheaptickets promotion code and save even more. The city can entertain, occupy, and satisfy a traveler interested in museums and art galleries, sporting events and recreational opportunities, shopping and dining, and so much more. Making the choice to spend a vacation in the city of Atlanta is the type of choice that no one will grow to regret. Atlanta, Georgia is a great place to visit and has been for well over one hundred years.

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      9 years ago

      In regards to the B.O.A. Building, You state

      "...One of the interesting parts of the design of the building is that there are NO street level pedestrian entrances, MOST people enter and exit the building from the parking areas located underground..."

      I'm curious. Where do the rest of the people enter?...

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Some interesting facts here. But I'm a little perturbed that the poor mannequin is allowed to stand naked in the window!! 5*


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