Atlanta’s Upper West Side
N. W. Atlanta’s Forgotten Past,
Present and Future
Atlanta’s Upper West Side .com,
 is an ongoing “ labor of love” by an amateur, and is only one project of the
a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt/non profit organization, located in Atlanta Georgia, since 1984.
Our goal is to maintain the community as a great place to live by promoting
community spirit that encourages cooperation, assistance and respect for all.
We promote well being, health, safety and security in the community.
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This site is an attempt to compile the history of
 Atlanta’s Upper West Side,
and keep the real history of the beginning 
of Atlanta from being forgotten. 
It is also to help educate those who are shaping
the future of this historic area.
Flat Raft Crossing System
Within   Atlanta’s Upper West Side   
are several neighborhoods. Some of these are already considered Historic areas. 
We are trying to concentrate more on the neighborhoods that have not been included while 
telling the history of Atlanta. We are not trying to rewrite history. 
We are only trying to compile what has already been written in an attempt to pull together
the stories and events that are exciting to this area.
Anyone that would like to share stories, articles, pictures, letters or anything that can help to bring 
this story together, is welcome to and will receive credit. Thank you to everyone that has already 
contributed in sharing your stories. I must also thank the people that have made this project possible. 
After the responses we have received, we feel there is a greater need for this project than we ever imagined.
 I hope you enjoy, and will continue to contribute to preserving the history of
Atlanta’s Upper West Side Story!
Thank you,
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Trolley Car # 938
Fort Peachtree
Whittier Mill Tower
Masonic Lodge at
Bolton Road and
Marietta Road
Scene on  Beautiful Chattahoochee River
Chattahoochee River Bridge Street Car Lane
Postcard from 1924
Montgomery Ferry
 "Peachtree", the now - famous trademark of Atlanta, originated in what is now northwest Atlanta,
( the Upper West Side ), and is much older than the city itself. Even further back than 1715,
the Creek and Cherokee Indians lived and traded at the Indian village of Standing Peachtree,
which is located in Bolton, on an Indian path where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River. 
During the War of 1812, this knob overlooking the river was chosen as an ideal crossing point,
 and the expertise of Major James McConnell Montgomery was needed to help build a fort,
( Fort Peachtree / Gilmer ), and a flat raft crossing system, ( later Montgomery Ferry,
then became Defoor Ferry. ) Because he thought it was such a beautiful area,
Montgomery moved his family here in about 1821 and became the first white settlers to the region.
He built a house and continued to run the ferry, making this the first business
and the first neighborhood in what was to become Atlanta. Montgomery Ferry was named
the Terminus of the new city, but it was decided that with the river and the soon coming railroad
so close together, the Terminus should be moved to where it is located today.
By 1838, the Western & Atlantic Railroad completed the Chattahoochee Bridge at Boltonville,
that connected Chattanooga to Savannah, Augusta, and Macon. The railroad was chiefly responsible
for the phenomenal development of Atlanta and soon became the most important inland
 transportation center of the state.
Some of the still existing Civil War Shoupades are nearby. These and other stories are just the beginning of the important events that make up the rich history of these forgotten neighborhoods that we call
Scenery on the
Chattahoochee River
Postcard from 1924
Scene on the Beautiful
Chattahoochee River
Atlanta Georgia
Fort Peachtree