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Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA

"Atlanta, at-lan'ta, a flourishing city, capital of Georgia, and seat of justice of Fulton co., is situated on an elevated ridge dividing the waters of the Chattahoochee River from the rivers that flow into the Atlantic, at an altitude of 1100 feet above the level of the sea. It has a remarkably healthy and equable climate, the mean annual temperature being about 60° Fahrenheit, with a cool and salubrious atmosphere. Its latitude is 33°44'58"N, longitude 84° 30' W. from Greenwich. It is 7 miles S.E. of the Chattahoochee River, Seven railroads converge at Atlanta, mostly trunk lines, and leading from such important cities as Augusta, 171 miles distant; Knoxville, Tenn., 204 miles; Savannah, 294 miles; Chattanooga, 152 miles; Charlotte, N.C., 268 miles; Columbus, 290 miles; Athens, 67 miles; Marietta, 20 miles, &c. Atlanta has an extensive and rapidly increasing trade. The amount of goods sold by jobbers annually is valued at about $50,000,000; bales of cotton received and marketed about 300,000. A very large trade is carried on in horses and mules, and the tobacco trade is the largest south of Richmond. There are 15 banks, with an aggregate capital of $3,817,051...

Pop. in 1850, 2572; in 1860, 9551; in 1870, 21,879; in 1880, 37,409; in 1890, 65,533."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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July 5, 1868

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Atlanta, Georgia
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The Napsonian School

Napsonian School (formerly North Ave. Presbyterian) from Ponce de Leon Ave. The picture shows from left to right the Library with High School at rear, the Administration and Elementary School Building, and the Dormitory. This ... Read MORE...
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  • 1843 - Atlanta, Georgia founded
    Originally known as Marthasville, Georgia. www.wikipedia.org
  • 1864 - September 2 - Union General William T Sherman captures and burns Atlanta
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  • 1868 - Atlanta became capital
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  • January 6, 1884 - The temperature dipped to one degree below zero at Atlanta, GA. It marked the final day of a severe arctic outbreak in the South and Midwest
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  • News  1885 - Atlanta, GA Blasting Powder Explosion, Nov 1885. Blown to Atoms.
    Atlanta, Ga., November 5. – Two colored men, Wm. KENNEBREAD and Phil JOHNSON, well-diggers, were blown to atoms yesterday by an explosion of blasting ... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - A FATAL WRECK. FEARFUL ACCIDENT ON THE GEORGIA RAILROAD. FIFTEEN PERSONS KILLED OR FATALLY INJURED. A TERRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
    Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 15. - One of the most terrible railroad accidents ever known in Georgia, occurred last night at midnight, fifteen miles from this c... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - March 29 - Atlanta, GA, was drenched with a record 7.36 inches of rain in 24 hours.
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  • News  1886 - May 8 - Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
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    May 8, 1886
  • 1889 - January 15 - The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • News  1894 - March 12 – For the first time, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles.
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    March 12, 1894
  • 1898 - July 23 - A two hour thunderstorm deluged Atlanta, GA, with 4.32 inches of rain.
    More than a foot of water flooded Union Depot. Many street car motors burned out while trying to run through flooded streets. It grew so dark before ... Read MORE...

  • 1906 - September 22 - Race riot in Atlanta Georgia, kills 21
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  • News  1907 - FIRE THREATENED AN ATLANTA BLOCK. Considerable Damage by Flames in Business Section.
    Atlanta, Ga., April 2. – Fire started in Durand’s restaurant at 11 East Alabama street early this morning, gutted the upstairs portion of the restaura... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - FREQUENT FIRES IN AN ATLANTA HOTEL
    Atlanta, Ga., May 3. - (Special) - A mysterious fire in the Arlington hotel at Marietta and Cone streets at 1 o'clock this morning as a result of whic... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Atlanta, at-lan'ta, a city, capital of Georgia, and seat of justice of Fulton co., is situated on an elevated ridge dividing the waters of the Chattah... Read MORE...

  • News  1917 - May 21 - The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.
    Fire In Atlanta Razes 100 Blocks; Loss $2,000,000
    Wide Residence Area in Northeast Swept by Flames Starting in Storage Building.
    Soldiers Called To ... Read MORE...

  • 1932 - May 4 - Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
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  • News  1936 - THREE ARE DEAD, DOZEN INJURED IN ATLANTA FIRE.
    Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 20. - At least three persons were killed, a dozen injured, and $200,000 property damage was caused yesterday by a fire that raged t... Read MORE...

  • 1938 - May 16 - 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)
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  • 1939 - December 15 - "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta
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  • 1946 - December 7 - Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
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  • News  1949 - 'Gone With the Wind' Author Hit by Taxi
    ATLANTA, Aug. 11. (AP) - A speeding taxicab struck and severely injured Margaret Mitchell Thursday night in front of a theater.

    The author of the c... Read MORE...

  • 1960 - October 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested at an Atlanta sit-in.
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  • 1968 - April 9 - Martin Luther King Jr, buried in Atlanta
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  • News  1971 - FOUR FIREMEN ARE KILLED IN BLAST.
    Atlanta, Ga. (AP) - Four firemen were killed when an explosion ripped through a burning downtown restaurant, trapping them in a basement inferno as th... Read MORE...

  • News  1978 - LOEW'S TOP THREE FLOORS MOSTLY DESTROYED IN FIRE.
    Atlanta (AP) - Flames billowed Monday where Hollywood's spotlight's once played on the ornate facade of LOEW'S Grand Theater, the site of the glamorou... Read MORE...

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