Odds & Ends
Atlanta, Capital of Georgia: You probably didn’t know that Atlanta is the fifth city to be the capital of Georgia. Its predecessors were Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, and Milledgeville. Earlier, Atlanta was called Marthasville.
Atlanta & Civil Rights: Atlanta was the hometown of the famous civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Later, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. became the first African American mayor of Atlanta in 1974. He was celebrated for his influential role in improving the racial climate of the south.
Coca Cola and Atlanta: The famous Varsity Restaurant in Atlanta serves the most Coca Cola in the world, nearly 3 million servings of Coca Cola annually. Coca Cola’s home is the city of Atlanta, GA. The city is also home to other corporate giants like UPS, Georgia Pacific, and CNN.
Peachtree World: There are more than 55 streets with the name ‘Peachtree’ in Georgia. Atlanta hosts the Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10-kilometer race in the world, with around 45,000 participants per year. The tallest hotel in Atlanta is the Westin Peachtree Plaza with 73 stories and height of 723 feet. With all these peachtrees it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of Atlanta’s many nicknames is “The Big Peach.”
Mythical Atlanta: Atlanta’s city symbol is the mythological Egyptian bird, the Phoenix. The expression “like Sherman through Atlanta” is not for nothing: in 1864, towards the end of the Civil War, the union general William Tecumseh Sherman burned the city to the ground on his march through the heart of Dixie (an event most famously depicted in the film Gone with Wind). In the aftermath of the destruction, Atlantans steeled themselves and reconstructed their beloved city, which, like the phoenix, rose from its ashes to become the booming capital of Georgia.
Atlanta Events: Atlanta has the world’s largest cable-supported dome stadium: the Georgia Dome, home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. The city has also hosted numerous major athletic events over the years including the 1996 Olympics and the 2000 Super Bowl.
Atlanta Trivia: The world’s largest toll-free dialing area is in Atlanta. The state capitol building in Atlanta is layered with 43 ounces of pure gold from a mine in Dahlonega, Georgia.