"The Monuments" Top 5 Page for this destination Atlanta by BruceDunning

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The river was the lifeblood

The Chattahoochie River runs through it. There are a lot of activities throughout the year on the river by locals and visitors who like to river raft or float, or fish. The other linchpin for the area was the railroad development for trade and distribution of goods. The Atlanta and Western RR started in 1837 for a town then called Terminus, now known as Atlanta. The RR is the reason the North armies attacked the town during the Civil War. It cut off the commerce to the rest of the South army.

Coke is the Icon of the South. It represents the revival of the region back to the old splendor and Coke is that symbol. The location was down by the underground, in an effort to try and revive that area. It worked for some 5-7 years, but has waned again. Coke moved up further to north end of the city by Centennial park when the area was more developed after the 1996 Olympics.

The Revival of the South again

Due to the 1996 Olympics, the city got a large spurt of commerce and upgraded the downtown substantially. The effort was millions. At $73 million alone going into Centennial Park, which was the anchor for the area around the sport activities. The whole of the town got a face lift, including the Underground that has had its share of trials trying to rise from the ground. So many wonderful structures are in the skyline now that it is one of the more modern and prestigious cities.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely sites to see downtown and around the suburbs
  • Cons:Continued growth has jammed traffic to a halt
  • In a nutshell:This still is one of the better cities for fun and relaxing
  • Last visit to Atlanta: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated Feb 8, 2009
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  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Very good overview of Atlanta, I think. Would love to go on an Antebellum house tour. Here's hope for updates now :-)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Now I know where the home of Coca-Cola is and Cabbage Patch dolls! I thought the admission prices to lots of sights were quite expensive for 4 years ago! Thanks for the informative tour!

    • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
      Nov 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      I also think the prices are high,and last summer we went again and now Coca-Cola is up to $16

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Excellent page Bruce! I enjoyed all the details you included, thank you!

  • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Great page, this brings back memories... I think another Atlanta trip is in order...

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    I'll be back for a serious look soon Bruce..Atlanta is somewhere Id like to spend some time..Thanks for dropping by Victoria with me..you're right,if you're lucky enough to have a place to cook them..the BEST crab comes off of Fisherman's Wharf there.

  • Pablos_new's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Nice tips! Being in Atlanta I failed to get up the Stone Mnt. - cable car was off for some seasonal work.

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2009 at 1:28 AM

    Very interesting page!!!! Thanks for the virtual tour!

  • dengram's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    this is one of our favorite spots!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Hi, Bruce! Wonderful experience! Thanx for sharing !

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Nice Atlanta tips! So, Cocal-cola started in Atlanta???? I did not know that --- by the way, I used to live in KCMO! Greetings from AZ (my new home), Norman :)


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