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    Confederate Cemetery

    by awayhome Written Feb 1, 2004

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    3,000 Confederate dead from every southern state are buried in this cemetery. First established for soldiers killed in a railroad collision in 1863. it became the resting place for dead from nearby battlefields. In 1866, under the direction of Miss Mary J. Green and Mrs. Charles J. Williams of the Ga. Mem. Assn., bodies were moved here from the Chickamauga area. Land for the cemetery was given by Mrs. Jane Glover. Ann Moyer and other citizens of Marietta.

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    DragonCon

    by balfor Written Sep 16, 2004

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    Dragon Con is one of (if not THE) biggest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book/etc conventions in the world. The attendance for the last several years has been over 20,000 people. (for a history of the Con and attendences to them, see DragonCon History.

    You will see freaks, geeks, goths and just about any other type of costume imaginable.

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    Gas Lamp 1856

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The Underground was the center of town and where much of its history began due to the railroad. There are many segments of history all through the Underground area that gives you an idea of what life was like during the 1880's.

    This gas lamp is one of 50 street lights erected by the Atlanta Gas Light Company in 1856. It stood at this location when Atlanta was being shelled by Union forces during the Civil War. Notice the hole in its base when it was struck by a cannonball.

    The Plaque reads:
    Erected Under the Auspices
    of the Old Guard
    and Atlanta Chapter U.D.C.
    A.D. 1919 in Memory of
    Andrew J. West
    beloved citizen
    Captain C.S.A. - General U.C.V

    The damage at the base of this lamp post
    was caused by a shell during the war
    between the states
    Battle of Atlanta
    July 22nd 1864

    The second Plaque reads:
    The Enternal Flame of the Confederacy
    Lighte during the "Gone with the Wind" festivities.
    December 14, 1939
    by the
    Old Guard Battalion
    of the Gate City Guard.

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    Atlanta From The Ashes Scultpure

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The plaques reads:

    This sculpture symbolizing
    Atlanta From The Ashes
    was presented to
    The City of Atlanta
    The Rich Foundation
    January 1969

    Atlanta From The Ashes", originally commissioned to
    celebrate the centennial of Rich's Department Store,
    was restored and relocated from the Spring Street
    viaduct to Woodruff Park as part of park improvements
    in October 1995.
    Original Designer Jim Seigler
    Foundry Gamba Quirino
    Restoration Bradberry Studios
    This work was made possible through the generous
    contributions of:
    The City of Atlanta
    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs

    CODA 1996
    The Corporation of Olympic Development in Atlanta

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    Henry W. Grady Statue

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The inscriptions on the statue reads:
    HENRY W. GRADY
    Journalist, Orator, Patriot, Editor of the Atlanta Constitution. Born Athens, Georgia, May 24th 1850. Died in Atlanta December 23rd 1889. Graduated at the State University in the year 1868. He never held or sought public office." "When he died he was literally loving a nation into peace.

    This hour little needs the loyalty that is loyal to one section and yet holds the other in enduring suspicion and estrangement. Give us the broad and perfect loyalty that loves and trusts Georgia alike with Massachusetts~that knows no South, no North, no East, no West; but endures with equal and patriotic love every foot of our soil, every State in our Union. Boston, December 1889

    The citizen standing in the doorway of his home - contended on his threshold - his family gathered about his hearthstone- while the evening of a well spent day closes in scenes and sounds that are dearest he shall save the republic when the drum taps is frugal. University of Virginia, June 23, 1880.

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    Five Points - Robert W. Woodruff Park

    by littlesam1 Updated Jul 7, 2006

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    Robert W.Woodruff Park at Five Points presents a beautiful picture from a distance when you are in Atlanta. However many people have differing thoughts and opinions about the area. When I lived in Atlanta in the early 1970's Five Points was a very run down and sometimes dangerous area. However it was a major bus stop and as a student with no car I used the busses. The area had a $5 million revitalization for the 1996 Olympics and Robert W. Woodruff Park was created. Today its a bustling area during the day with office workers and students having lunch, street preachers screaming the "word of God" and still many homeless people sleeping in the area. The fountains are very beautiful and the park is wonderful green area in the middle of Atlanta's downtown business district. Having seen the area in the 1970's I am fascinated at what it has become and appreciate its beauty. But for those who have no history of the area it may still look a little seedy and dangerous at times.

    And just who is Robert W. Woodruff. He was the millionaire philanthropist who was the president of the Coca Cola Company from 1923-1954. You should have guessed. It is Atlanta after all.

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    David Carradine and Chick Corea

    by balfor Written Sep 16, 2004

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    Imagine my surprise when having just seen Kill Bill 1 and 2 the week before I see David Carradine and Chick Corea, one of the first Jazz musicians I have ever heard, paired up for a panel in a Science Fiction convention.

    Turns out that David Carradine was reading a science fiction book and Chick Corea was playing the soundtrack for it. A rather odd combination, if I must say so.

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    Cherokee Reservation

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 4, 2009

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    These lands had been farmed by the Cherokee before white settlers came into the area. In 1767, the Hicks family started to farm here, and married into the Cherokee group. Nathan Hicks was the spokesperson for the tribe and people who lived here. At one time they numbered around 5,000. The government, Our one and only, made a treaty in 1798 to allow the Cherokee to live on their land they own, but 20 years later, Georgia changed that and took control. In 1838, the Government made the tribe move in what is now called trail of Tears, a travesty of forced march into Oklahoma. Many died along the way.
    Chief Vann was one of the last trying to influence the Government to stop the insane treatment, but to no avail. He was in the Legislature and even that had not impact. They learned the American way and were even well educated and had a thriving community until the tragedy. The Cherokee covered a large portion of north Georgia and into Tennessee region also.
    The preserve here marks some of the history in daily life for the Indians. They lived a sedentary farming lifestyle, but also traded and made goods. They were doing very well, in fact to adapt.

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    Art is every where in this town!

    by tpangelinan Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    When drivning through and around the city we saw many pieces of art all through, tucked in a hotel entrence or on a street corner it's every where! So if I may suggest you take some time to enjoy the many artist work through out the city, we have just begun to explore!

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    Marietta

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 15, 2008

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    This is a real fine city in the north part of Atlanta, with 58,000 people. It started in 1837, and was named after US Senator Cobb's wife. It has a preserved downtown with a square holding a park. They have many local events there throughout the year. A number of antibellum homes form the mid 1800's still are preserved in spite of the Civil War causing havoc in this area. It became a focus for the railroad and the depot is now a monument for touring and shops. The city has a large Civil War cemetery that is awesome to read the to9mbstones and the same time serene to remember the sacrifices of these soldiers. Also closeby is the Kennesaw National BAttlefield park having the history of the Civil War battle fought here. I believe it is a wonder to tour. The town also has a mueum of history with other Civil War items and sections of the city history. Recently they opened a modern art museum with 19th & 20th century artworks. It is a residential community, but has charm.
    Located off I75 going NW from ATlanta, it can be reached easily from a number o f exits.

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    Barbara Miller Asher Square

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    Barbara M. Asher Square was established as a memorial by the Atlanta City Council January 27, 1997 and dedicated May 29, 1998.

    She was an Atlanta councilwoman from 1978-1995 that had been a driving force for downtown revitalization.

    "Architet For the Furture" Artist and Sculpture Teena Stern and Don Haugen

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    Roswell-Old Mill and River

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 4, 2009

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    The old downtown has a number of structures and artifacts from the late 1800's. One of the better attractions is to take a tour of the ARchibald Smith home, built in 1838. It has preserved furnishings from the period, and a good history of the home and family. It was home for three generations and had slave quarters, guest house, and carriage house. Cost is $7.
    There is also a Bulloch house that is of the late 1840's. Tour cost is $8.
    Down by the riverfront, there is a small park and old mill buildings that now has tourist type shops. The mill, though can be seen for what it was back in the mid 1800's, and the contribution to the Civil War effort to make wool and clothing items.

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    Hartsfield-Jackson’s Art Program

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    My hubby was impressed with all the lovely art pieces along the people mover and other areas of the airport. It makes it very pleasant to be able to focus on things so beautiful. He said it actual relax a little instead of being stress to get to his gate.

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    governor's mansion

    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2009

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    the governor's mansion is located on west paces ferry road west of central buckhead. this beautiful greek revival mansion was built in 1967 and was designed by architect thomas bradbury. for information on tours of the mansion google "georgia governors mansion". the actual web site is too big for the VT link. or call 404-261-1776.
    since the civil war there were several previous governor's mansions in the atlanta area but sadly they all have been demolished.

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    Atlanta Football Dome

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 29, 2009

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    It is the home to the football team, good or bad, depending on the year and the talent. It was completed in 1992 and was used for the 1996 Olympic Games in 1996 held downtown. Falcons are fun and an enigma.

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