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Top Things You Might not Know About Atlanta

Travelers Today       By    Kevin Ashwe

Updated: Jun 14, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

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Atlanta City Park
Atlanta City Park
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Atlanta as many of us know is the capital of the state of Georgia in the United States of America. Home to 498,000 people according to a 2018 survey. This makes the city the 37th city with the most population in the united states.

Atlanta is also known as the home of Fulton county. The Atlanta metropolitan area has a population of 6 million people and is the 9th biggest in terms of population in the united states.

All these are well-known facts about the city of Atlanta but that is not all. In this article, we will talk about other facts about this facilitating city.

Some are not common knowledge. This fact includes:

●        The name was not always Atlanta but was formerly known as Terminus and Marthasville. Guess you didn't know that.

●        The city's popularity grew as a result of being the meeting point of several railroads and that is how it got the current name "Atlanta".

●       Atlanta was named by J. Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad. It was originally Atlantica-Pacifica but was later shortened to Atlanta.

●        Atlanta was the only city in the northern part of America to suffer destruction as a result of war.

●        There was a time it was considered illegal to put an ice cream cone in your back pocket.

●        Atlanta has one of the largest Hindu Temple in United States.

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●        The capital of Georgia was not always Atlanta. Georgia has had four capitals before Atlanta. The list includes Savannah, Augusta, Louisville and Milledgeville.

●        Just outside the walls of  Atlanta, you will find one of the largest granite blocks in the world. It is usually called the stone mountain.

●        The stone mountain etching of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis is the biggest relief you can ever find in the world.

Picture taken from the Stone Mountain Skylift/Gondola of the monument depicting Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.
(Photo : Amart007) Picture taken from the Stone Mountain Skylift/Gondola of the monument depicting Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

●        The fastest baseball game to ever recorded was in Atlanta. It was between Mobile Sea Gulls and Atlanta Crackers which the former won 2 - 1 in 32 mins.

●        The city hosted the Olympics in 1996 after beating cities like Manchester in England and Athens in Greece to it among others.

●        Fun Fact, Atlanta, GA has the biggest homes in Metro Areas according to Wikilawn analysis.

●        As a movie lover, one of the greatest movie adaptations of all time Gone with the wind was written in Atlanta by Margaret Mitchell as a result of being bored.

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