Atlanta (ATL) is a big and beautiful city – one of the most famous and influential cities in the world, a major hub for many industries and businesses as you will soon discover in this article – Atlanta has it all.
16 Weird, Entertaining, and Interesting Facts About Atlanta
1. The city was founded as Terminus in 1837, Marthasville in 1843, then Atlanta 1847.
2. It is the capital city of the state of Georgia, and state’s largest city with a population of around 506,821.
3. But it is NOT THE FIRST capital city of Georgia (Savannah).
4. The Phoenix is Atlanta’s official symbol – back in the 1860’s, the city was burnt to the ground by General Sherman in an act of war. Only about 400 buildings survived. The city was completely rebuilt, thus its symbol – the Phoenix.
5. The world famous Coca Cola drink was invented in Atlanta – January 29, 1982. Atlanta is also the place where the first Coca-Cola was sold.
6. The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. It is the Hub for Delta Air Lines – the world’s largest airline hub. The Airport services over 1000 flights per day.
7. With over 100,000 shade trees planted, Atlanta is the most heavily forested urban area in the United States.
8. Lots of streets and buildings have the name “peachtree” in them even though the city does not have any peach trees at all.
9. The Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta is the tallest building in the US outside of New York City and Chicago.
10. Atlanta is the music capital of the United States. Many record labels, bands and some of the biggest musicians such as Waka Flocka, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, and many others call Atlanta home. If you want to launch your music career and network, then Atlanta is the best place to be – not Los Angeles.
11. Nicknamed “Hollywood of the South” – Atlanta’s movies and television production industries keeps growing, ranking in the top 3 in the country after Los Angeles and New York City. Just to name a very few, movies such as Insurgent, Driving Miss Daisy, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and many others were produced in Atlanta.
12. Atlanta has many fortune 500 companies headquartered there – 3rd most in the US. CNN is headquartered in Atlanta. The Atlanta Police Department shares the same building with CNN.
13. Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996.
14. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr called Atlanta home. The city was instrumental in the the Civil Rights Movement.
15. Zoo Atlanta is home to the largest populations of gorillas and orangutans in the US.
16. Atlanta is a big sports city – the Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball), the Hawks (National Basketball Association), and the Atlanta Trashers (National Hockey League) call the city home.