Thursday, March 10, 2011
Underground Atlanta lies in the middle of the city and is a great tourist attraction . There are dozens of shops that tie to Atlanta rich history. In between march and august Underground Atlanta is a hot spot due to all the free shows. The native love this location as well due to the fact that there is so much to due any given day. The Underground Mall is underground making it unique . You can see the rail lines power supply as you look up to the roof. One of the only mall i know where you can get your fortune told and hear and jazz band at the same time. There is also one of Atlanta's greatest attractions next door. The World of Coca cola where you can try all the different coke flavors from around the world great for the family as well as a couple. The World Of Coca cola has a great tour the offers a walk Thur the history of coke and the role it has played in U.S history. When it is time to eat , you can go to the food court and eat anything from Greek to down south barbecue . If you prefer to sit down and eat you can take the elevator to the second level and eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. After a good southern meal you can head back to the mall to get a key chain with you and the family on it .
The history of Underground Atlanta
1866-1920: Atlanta Rises From The Ashes
In 1866, Atlantans sifted through the ashes of wartime destruction, once again building their city around the Zero Milepost. In the five years between 1866 and 1871, the city's population doubled to 22,000. In 1869, the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot was built with an impressive three-story head house. The remaining single story structure, which still stands next to Underground Atlanta, is Central Atlanta's oldest building. In the 1870's, the district included the train station, banks, hotels, saloons, grain wholesalers, law offices, a whiskey distillery and Packinghouse Row, on the northern side of Alabama Street between Pryor Street and Central Avenue. In 1887, Coca-Cola was served at Jacob's Pharmacy soda fountain on Peachtree Street a half block from Union Station. In 1889, Atlanta introduced the electric streetcar to the South. By 1900, Union Station Depot served 100 trains a day with direct rail service from New York, Cincinnati, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Macon, Augusta and Columbus. By 1910, several iron bridges had been constructed to cross the rail tracks at Union Street. Local architect Haralson Bleckley proposed that new concrete bridges be built to replace the iron bridges. A linear mall at bridge level would connect the concrete viaducts and create a series of public plazas.
A great place to start exploring Atlanta is Underground Atlanta.