Atlanta, Georgia - A City in a Forest
Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and home to the great Martin Luther King Jr. It was established in 1837 and presently is a combination of shopping centers, elegant homes, high rise buildings, Fortune 500 companies and popular churches. Atlanta is also famous for having one of the busiest airports in the world - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and an abundance of trees for which it is sometimes called the "city in a forest". The cityscape of Atlanta is also unique, the Downtown skyline, Midtown skyline or the Buckhead skyline - all are distinctive and carry a flavor of a major city. This acrylic fridge magnet with the skyline view of the city is a nice souvenir that will keep your memories of the Atlanta tour fresh after you return.
History of Atlanta
Previously known as Marthasville, Atlanta is located among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The early settlers were Creek and Cherokee Indians, later European settlers arrived to the place. Atlanta is the only city in North America that was destroyed by a fire as an act of war. During 1864, in preparation of the Union Army's march, General Sherman ordered the city to be burned except the churches and the hospitals. After the Civil War in 1865, Atlanta was gradually rebuilt and it became the state capital in 1868. During the 1960s, Atlanta was a major organizing center of the Civil Rights Movement. The last 50 years saw immense development in the city. Presently, Atlanta has more shopping center space per capita than any other city except Chicago and is the 8th largest economy in the United States.