Gate City, is a nickname for Atlanta, which was first suggested in a toast at a banquet in Charleston in 1857, in reference to Atlanta’s famous hospitality to travelers passing through the southeast.
A Walk by a Lake Atlanta Ga.
The region where Atlanta and its suburbs were built was originally Creek and Cherokee Native American territory. In 1813, the Creeks, who had been recruited by the British to assist them in the War of 1812, attacked and burned Fort Mims in southwestern Alabama. The conflict broadened and became known as the Creek War. In response, the United States built a string of forts along the Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee Rivers, including Fort Daniel on top of Hog Mountain in present-day Norcross, Georgia, and Fort Gilmer. Fort Gilmer was situated next to an important Indian site called "Peachtree Standing", named after a large tree (which is believed to have been a pine tree,and the word pitch misunderstood. And thus named for the pitch or sap that came from the tree.) which designated the spot. The site traditionally marked a Native American meeting place at the boundary between Creek and Cherokee lands, at the point where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River. The fort was soon renamed Fort Peachtree.
The Creek land in the eastern part of the metro area (including Decatur) was opened to white settlement in 1823. In 1835, leaders of the Cherokee nation ceded their land to the government in exchange for land out west under the Treaty of New Echota, an act that eventually led to the Trail of Tears.
In 1836 the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western & Atlantic Railroad to provide a trade route to the Midwest. The initial route was to run from Chattanooga to a spot called simply "Terminus", located somewhere east of the Chattahoochee River, which would eventually be linked to the Georgia Railroad from Augusta and the Macon and Western, which ran from Macon to Savannah.
A number of sites were proposed or actually designated as the Terminus, and the history is not completely clear. In 1837, work began to build it near Hog Mountain in present-day Norcross, where Fort Daniel was located, but the site was soon abandoned because there were too many creeks, valleys, and steep gradients. It was moved to Montgomery Ferry near Fort Peachtree, for a savings of $18,000 per mile. Some historians claim that Decatur, a town founded in 1823 to the east of current-day Atlanta,Many current suburbs of Atlanta were actually prospering towns before Atlanta had its first building, including Norcross, Decatur, Marietta and Lawrenceville was proposed as the Terminus, but declined due to worries about noise and crime.
Several months later in 1837, the legislature finally established the zero-mile marker for the Terminus at a point near the present-day Georgia World Congress Center, because the area was relatively flat and would better allow for turnarounds.(The zero-mile marker was later moved a short distance east, and today sits underneath Five Points, which was built on iron pilings above the railroad.) 
Five Points
Five Points
The area around Atlanta, later to become a part of the city, also began to be developed. A well-marked Indian trail, known as the Peachtree Trail, had long run from the area of present-day Suwanee, Georgia to the site of Standing Peachtree. To the south, in the present-day Campbelltown Road area, the Owl Rock Methodist Church was founded in 1828 by Richmond Barge and other members of the Mutual Rights faction. In 1838, Henry Irby started a tavern and grocery on a spur of the road, and the paths leading to his establishment became Paces Ferry Road and Roswell Road. Two years later the head of a buck was mounted on a pole in front of the tavern, and the region came to be called Buck's Head and then Buckhead.
By 1842, the settlement at the Terminus had six buildings and 30 residents. When a two-story depot building was built, the residents asked that the settlement be named "Lumpkin", after Wilson Lumpkin, the Governor of Georgia. He asked them to name it after his daughter, instead, and Terminus became Marthasville. Just three years later, the Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, (J. Edgar Thomson) suggested that it be renamed to "Atlantica-Pacifica", which was quickly shortened to "Atlanta". The residents approved—apparently unabashed by the fact that not a single train had yet visited—and the town was eventually incorporated as "Atlanta" in 1847.
The first Georgia Railroad freight and passenger trains arrived in 1845. In 1846, a third railroad,the Macon & Western, completed tracks to Terminus, connecting the little settlement with Macon and Savannah. The town then began to boom. In 1847, two hotels were built and two newspapers were published. The population exploded to 2,500 citizens. In 1848, the first mayor was elected, the first homicide occurred and the first jail was built. A new city council approved the building of wooden sidewalks, banned business on Sundays, and appointed a town marshal.
Atlanta Fire Department 1856
By 1854-55 another railroad had connected Atlanta to Chattanooga. The town had grown to 6,000 residents and had a bank, a daily newspaper, a factory to build freight cars, a new brick depot, property taxes, a gasworks, gas streetlights, a theater, a medical college, and juvenile delinquency. According to the Fulton County Grand jury, an "evil of vast magnitude, the herds of unruly and vicious boys who infest the streets of the city ... by day and night, especially on the Sabbath, to the great annoyance of (the) citizens..."
During the American Civil War, Atlanta served as an important railroad and military supply hub. In 1864, the city became the target of a major Union invasion (the subject of the 1939 film Gone with the Wind). The area now covered by Atlanta was the scene of several battles, including the Battle of Peachtree Creek, the Battle of Atlanta, and the Battle of Ezra Church. On September 1, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood evacuated Atlanta after a four-month siege mounted by Union General William T. Sherman and ordered all public buildings and possible Confederate assets destroyed. The next day, Mayor James Calhoun surrendered the city, and on September 7 Sherman ordered the civilian population to evacuate. He then ordered Atlanta burned to the ground on November 11 in preparation for his punitive march south.
After a plea by Father Thomas O'Reilly of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sherman did not burn the city's churches or hospitals. The remaining war resources were then destroyed in the aftermath, and in Sherman's March to the Sea. The fall of Atlanta was a critical point in the Civil War, its much publicized fall giving confidence to the Northerners, and (along with the Battle of Mobile Bay) leading to the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and the eventual surrender of the Confederacy.
Famous Lamp Post
The city emerged from the ashes -- hence the city’s symbol, the phoenix - and wad gradually rebuilt. It soon became the industrial and commercial center of the south. From 1867 until 1888, U.S. Army soldiers occupied McPherson Barracks (later renamed Fort McPherson) in southwest Atlanta to ensure Reconstruction era reforms. To help the newly freed slaves, the Federal Government set up a Freedman’s Bureau, which helped establish what is now Clark Atlanta University, one of several historically black colleges in Atlanta.
In 1868, Atlanta became the fifth city to serve as the state capital. Henry W. Grady, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution, promoted the city to investors as a city of the "New South", by which he meant a diversification of the economy away from agriculture, and a shift from the "Old South" attitudes of slavery and rebellion. As part of the effort to
modernize the South, Grady and many others also supported the creation of the Georgia School of Technology (now the Georgia Institute of Technology), which was founded on the city's northern outskirts in 1885.
Mammy”s Shanty Atlanta Ga.
“Where the Peachtree’s Meet”
ATLANTA, a flourishing city of Fulton County, known as the Gate City, from its being the grand center of all the rail-roads north, south, east, and west. The situation is elevated, and remarkably healthy. It is one of the most active business cities in the Confederacy; contains several fine churches, schools, Machine shops, and other improvements. Population about 20,000.
 "Hill & Swayze's Railroad Guide"
of 1862 & 1863  
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Jan. 3, 1861 Atlanta has a
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Girls High School 1910 Atlanta
ATLANTA, capital of the State and CS of Fulton 
County. The Indians first had a settlement at 
Standing Peachtree where Atlanta now stands. However the first permanent white 
settlers were James Montgomery and Hardy Ivy (c.1780-1842) who came from South Carolina in 1833, and built a log cabin near the present Five Points. Ivy is remembered in Atlanta today by Ivy Street. His arrival was twelve years after the territory was opened by treaty with the Creek Indians. As other settlers arrived the settlement was sometimes called Canebreak, but the first official name was the post office called White Hall  which was established June 9, 1835. This name is today preserved as White Hall Street. Colonel Abbott Hall Brisbane surveyed the area for the railroad, and placed a bench mark in early September 1837 between the present Forsyth Street and the old Gas Works. This was referred to as the railroad terminus, and the first cluster of shacks 
was called Terminus. This name was used by 
early settlers here between l845 and 1850, although 
it was never official. In 1839 it was suggested by 
some that the early settlement be called "Deanville" 
for early resident Lemuel Dean. Another suggestion 
was to call it "Thrasherville" for John J. Thrasher (1818-1899), who with a partner operated the first store here. About 1842, former governor Wilson Lumpkin declined the suggestion that the new town be named "Lumpkin" in his honor, and suggested it be called "Mitchell," for Samuel Mitchell who gave the land for the railroad terminus. However Mitchell and chief engineer of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, Charles Fenton Mercer Garnett (for whom Garnett Street is named) decided to name the town for Lumpkin's youngest daughter, Martha. It was incorporated under the name Marthasville on December 23, 1842. The United States Post Office also recognized the place as Marthasville at that time. The present name was chosen by J. Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad, who was asked by his boss in 1845 to suggest a new name for the depot. He mailed his reply, "Eureka! -- Atlanta, the terminus of the Western & Atlantic Railroad -- Atlantic, Masculine; Atlanta, feminine-- a coined word, and if you think it will suit, adopt it." The town was still officially called Marthasville, but the freight all began coming in marked "Atlanta," and the town was thereafter called by this name. Atlanta was incorporated as a city December 29, 1845, at which time its population had grown to 2,000 inhabitants. It became the county seat November 7, 1853 when Fulton County was formed. Atlanta became the capital of the state April 20, 1868, when it was transferred from Milledgeville. Many nicknames have been applied to Atlanta, including: "Black Ankle" (1820's), "Mud City" (1872), "Empire City of the Empire State," "The Chicago of the South (1873), "The Cracker City" (1885), "Capital City," "The Magic City" (1892), "The-Windy City," "Gate City" , "Gait City" (1911), "The Dogwood City," "Gone With the Wind City," "Scarlett's Town," and "SinCity" (1954).
Atlanta has a total of 132.4 miles
131.8 miles of it is land
.07 miles of it is water ( .51% )
Biltmore Grill
Clark College
Marthasville was the first name
under which Atlanta was chartered, Dec.23, 1843.
Atlanta is the Largest City in The South East, and the 9th largest metropolitan city in the United States In 2006, with over 4,500,000 Residents. 
1954 Capitol, Atlanta
Georgia Tech 1941
Georgia Tech 1909
Biltmore 1930
Peachtree Street 1937
Biltmore Lobby