Today, it’s a bustling brew of shops and restaurants representing cultures from every part of the globe. But back before the days of I-285 and the Northeast Expressway, Buford Highway was simply a way to get from the big city to a string of much smaller towns. Let’s take a look back at how the highway has changed since the 1950s.
Two of DeKalb’s 12 cities, Chamblee and Brookhaven sit side by side just northeast of Atlanta. They became cities more than a decade apart, Chamblee in 1908 and Brookhaven in 2012. Let’s take a journey through the years in these adjacent parts of metro Atlanta.
The Varsity is the fast-food phenomenon that shows no sign of slowing down, even as it prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary with a birthday party on Aug. 18. In honor of this milestone, let’s take a look back at this iconic Atlanta institution through the years.
You should never introduce a new product in August, so how about something old? Perhaps 31 moments from metro Atlanta's past, captured over the decades during that most transitional of months?
The Georgia Dome was brand new, and so was Georgia 400. What you now know as Ponce City Market was City Hall East (having previously been a vacant Sears building). The Big Chicken was damaged and had to be repaired. It snowed and snowed and snowed one day in early March, paralyzing the city. Lucky for Atlanta, it hit here on a Saturday. Let’s take a look back 25 years to an earlier Georgia.
World War II was raging in Europe, and back home, the war effort was a part of daily life for Georgians, too. Take a look back at a few photos that capture those days, 75 years ago in Georgia.
The streets of Atlanta looked a bit different in 1958 than they do now. There are a few recognizable landmarks still standing (such as the Varsity), but many of these locations are completely unrecognizable. Take a ride through the streets of our city as they were 60 years ago.
It was a tumultuous year all over the world, and Georgia was not immune to the upheaval and tragedy. It was the year that both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Take a look back at that pivotal year in photographs.
Tom Glavine started his second season for the Braves (still playing in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium), the Democratic National Convention and Michael Jackson came to town and Robert Shaw led the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the last time. Take a look back at our city and state in the final years of the 1980s.
As the Georgia Bulldogs head to the National Championship Game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, let’s take a look back at a chunk of the long history of the team in photos. You’ll see pics of legendary coach Vince Dooley and outstanding players such as Herschel Walker, Charley Trippi and Frank Sinkwich, along with the changing landscape of Sanford Stadium.
As we approach 2018, let’s take a look back. It was the year that the Braves got a new manager, MARTA was under construction and a Georgian moved into the White House.
School days. We all had them. Some we remember fondly, others not so much. But it’s always fascinating to look back on schools, and students, as they were in an earlier era. From sports to statues, let’s go on a photographic journey back to the days of our youth.
No, The Gulch and Atlanta’s many viaducts aren’t the hippest landmarks in our city but they’re a standing testament to Atlanta’s historical status as, quite literally, the South’s most vibrant rising metropolis.
Memories of school days stick with us for a very long time. Some are happy and some not so happy. But it’s fascinating to look back on the school days of an earlier time. Some of use will recognize the people and places as our contemporaries. Others will marvel at how different things were before.
In addition to being gathering places for worship and fellowship, churches are among our most architecturally fascinating buildings. Despite the age of some of these photos, you’ll recognize many of the buildings. Others are gone, some replaced by new churches, some by businesses.
Fire is an integral part of Atlanta’s history, leaving an indelible mark from Sherman’s Civil War torching to the tragic Winecoff Hotel blaze of 1946. The city always rises again from those ashes, with the help of the brave men and women who fight those fires. Here are some famous and not-so-famous fires and the stations and people that help keep us safe.
As Hurricane Harvey sets its sights on Texas, we look back at the devastation caused nearly 40 years ago by a killer storm that hit the Georgia coast.
On Aug. 21, we will experience a solar eclipse. Whether it is a total eclipse or not depends on your location, but part of that path of totality passes through the northeast corner of Georgia. Here are a few photos of eclipses past, both solar and lunar, from Georgia and around the world.
Later this month on Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will make its way across the continental United States. The path of totality, where the sun will be entirely obscured by the moon, is about 70 miles wide and crosses a relatively small portion of Georgia. It’s also one of the prettiest part of our state.
It seems that Atlanta is always under construction. In a way, that’s probably true. There’s always something new going up, or under renovation. We’ve been through quite a few stadiums. Our roads are in constant flux. The airport is ever-expanding. Atlanta is always changing.
It isn’t necessarily where all the lights are bright and the skyscrapers touch the sky. Sometimes, downtown is just a few shops, or a charming little square. The come in all shapes and sizes. In an earlier time, it was just the place where families would go on a rare occasion to stock up on the supplies that they couldn’t grow or make for themselves.
Carolyn McKenzie Carter was hired by the Atlanta Journal in 1940 just after graduating from the University of Georgia. The Moultrie native was the newspaper’s first female photojournalist. In 1942, she married Don Carter (a cousin of Jimmy Carter), a fellow journalist at the paper.She would later work at the Journal-Constitution Sunday Magazine.
Gwinnett County has changed so much, yet some things remain. There are still places of rural quiet, and charming town squares remain and thrive. These days, it’s bisected by an interstate highway and is home to a remarkably diverse population, which gives the county a flavor all its own. Take a look back at some moments from Gwinnett’s past.
There have been five ships named for Atlanta. The third and most storied of these ships is designated CL-51. April 22 marks the anniversary of the day in 1940 when the ship was laid down, meaning formal construction began with the placement of the keel (the backbone of the ship).
We have two major north-south interstate arteries that travel through Atlanta, but only one east-west interstate highway. I-20 travels from South Carolina to west Texas, and was designated in 1959 and mostly completed in the mid-1970s.
I-85 has been the talk of the town in recent days, but Atlanta’s other north-south corridor gets its moment in the spotlight this week. The Braves’ new SunTrust Park, situated near the intersection of I-75 and I-285, hosts the team’s home opener on Friday, April 14.
It’s brought travelers to and through our city for more than 60 years. It’s carried us to work, and to play. It’s frustrated us, made us yell terrible things and caused us to curse its every curve. But where would we be without I-85? We’re about to find out.
Festivals have been a staple of Georgia’s spring and fall calendar for many decades. It seems there are more now than ever before. Take a look at the early days of some festivals that are still going strong, and a few that are long gone.
Here’s the second part of our look back at some of the people and places in our city and our state as they were three decades ago, including views of Virginia-Highland and Norcross.
For some of us, it seems like yesterday. For others, it’s ancient history. Take a look back at some of the people and places in our city and our state as they were three decades ago.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. In honor of that, let’s take a look back at women in Georgia (and Georgia women) through the years. Some are famous, some not so famous, but they’re breaking barriers and changing the world in their own way.
Many familiar landmarks you’ll see here still stand, but many do not. Some of the people are still with us, too. The fashions, thank heavens, have changed a lot. Take a look back at our city and our state as it was four decades ago.
Some things never change, as Atlanta was in the midst of a building boom in 1967. People change, though, and you’ll recognize a few familiar faces, but they look a bit different. Take a look at our second gathering of photos of Georgia as it was 50 years ago.
Some things never change, as Atlanta was in the midst of a building boom in 1967. It was out with the old and in with the new. Take a look at Atlanta (and get a bird’s-eye view of Sanford Stadium in Athens) as it was 50 years ago.
Take a look back at our state as it was 75 years ago. The U.S. was fully engaged in World War II and it was evident in Georgia, as you can see in a few of the photos here. But other scenes could have played out in peacetime, too. Babies are born, a gubernatorial race is on, football games are played, university art classes are taught and boys take to the water in a boat.
In this installment of the AJC's Flashback Photos series, we take a look at Atlantans, Georgians, some cool cars and the people who loved them.
Atlanta hasn't had a rain-free spell as long as this since the days surrounding the election of Grover Cleveland to the office of President of the United States. Here are a few more things associated with that year, including a few historic Georgia buildings.
Cobb County was established in 1832 and named for U.S. Senator Thomas Willis Cobb. Take a look back at a big chunk of that history in this collection of photos from the AJC's archives and from the Georgia State University archives.
Check out these cool experiments that happened at Atlanta's own Georgia Tech and meet the folks behind them.
It's been called the most dangerous highway in the U.S., but it's become a symbol of our city, for better or worse. I-285, aka the Perimeter, was completed in 1969 and opened with fanfare on Oct. 15, 1969.
These photos, all taken by staff photographer Charles Pugh, come from the AJC archive. It's a collection that highlights a few well-known landmarks and some hidden gems. Pugh worked for the paper for more than 30 years and died in 2003 at the age of 82.
Boyd Lewis chronicled an often unsettling era of change and progress in Atlanta in the 1970s from his distinctly subversive perch within Atlanta’s alternative press. That important era in the city’s evolution came alive anew through “Flashback: Atlanta in the 70s, The Photography of Boyd Lewis,” an exhibition at the Margaret Mitchell House.
Photos from the amusement park known as Funtown on Stewart Avenue (now Metropolitan Parkway). The park closed in 1967 but its ruins were visible well into the 1990s.
The North Georgia mountains offer a quiet escape from city life, but the area isn't as quiet as it used to be. Take a look back at the timeless scenic beauty of these Appalachian hills, which remains undimmed by the passage of time and increasing commercial growth.
Take a look back at the leafy stretch of Atlanta and Dekalb that contains some of the city's oldest mansions.
PHOTOS: In this business-centric installment of the AJC's Flashback Fotos series, we focus on the days when the A&P supermarket was the local grocery store in many an Atlanta neighborhood. Founded in 1859, A&P finally shuttered all of its stores in 2015 after 156 years in business. Step back in time with us and see if we've found the old A&P that served your family years ago.
In this Flashback Photos installment, we take a trip back in time and visit the Atlanta airport in its many visages -- from its inception as Candler Field to its modern status as an international air hub.
Let's take a look back at some of DeKalb County's most traveled thoroughfares - Briarcliff, North Decatur, North Druid Hills and LaVista roads - through the years. Some are nearly unrecognizable, while others have changed very little in the decades since some of these photos were taken.
Photos: Dunwoody, Georgia, officially became a city on Dec. 1, 2008. Before then, although not a chartered city, metro Atlantans knew Dunwoody as a quaint DeKalb town with a personality all its own.
Here's a look back at many of faces of Gwinnett Place through the years: their construction, grand openings, renovations and more.
Take a look back at Atlanta 25 years ago. It was the year that the Braves made the first of five appearances in the World Series during the 1990s (they won in 1995). The Georgia Dome was under construction and would open in 1992, and there were transportation projects under way all over town, including some major work on Ga. 316.
Take a trip back 40 years to Atlanta as it was in 1976. It was the year that Elvis Presley performed at the Omni, Burt Reynolds was filming "Smokey and the Bandit" in Georgia, MARTA construction was everywhere and Jimmy Carter was elected president.
It was 55 years ago this month that Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton E. Holmes became the first black students to attend the University of Georgia in January 1961. Though it wasn't without incident (Hunter's dorm building was vandalized, rioters shouted racial slurs and hurled bottles and bricks), both completed their undergraduate degrees there.
As we head into a new year, let's take a look back at what our city and state looked like 50 years ago.
The late politician and bar owner turned his neighborhood tavern into an Atlanta institution. With Manuel's Tavern closing for a major overhaul, a bit of our city's history will never be the same. The bar will return, but this marks the end of an era.
Take a flight over Atlanta, as it was 50 years ago this month. On December 21, 1965, AJC photographer Floyd Jillson was sent to take photos of our city from the air. There are shots of downtown, Lenox Square, Greenbriar Mall (then Greenbriar Center), North DeKalb Mall and the Cobb County Shopping Center (later Cobb Center and now home to the International Academy of Smyrna).
More than 60 years ago, Georgia Tech's basketball arena -- Alexander Memorial Coliseum -- made its debut at the corner of 10th and Fowler in downtown Atlanta.
If you were traveling to or from Atlanta in the early part of the 20th century, it's very likely that your journey would take you through Terminal Station. The ornate building was located where the Richard B. Russell Building now stands, near the intersection of Ted Turner Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (them known as, respectively, Spring Street and Hunter Street).
It was first completed in the 1960s, but we all know it will never truly be finished. The heavily trafficked merger of I-75 and I-85, which takes commuters and tourists through the heart of Atlanta, has its origins in the expressways that sprung up in the '50s (and you'll see some of those early photos here).
It's become an icon of Atlanta, the criss-crossing strands of traffic that mark the intersection of I-85 and I-285. It's officially known as the Tom Moreland Interchange, but everyone knows it as Spaghetti Junction, a marvel of highway engineering that opened in 1987. It's been feared, cursed and, on rare occasions, grudgingly admired by Atlanta's commuters for almost 30 years.
Once known as County Line Road, a big chunk of historic Moreland Avenue marks the border between Fulton and DeKalb counties. It's one of the main thoroughfares through Little Five Points and ends at Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Let's take a look at another of Atlanta's most venerable thoroughfares. Roswell Road has been the way north for many decades. It takes travelers from the heart of Buckhead, through Sandy Springs and on to, naturally, Roswell.
The South is no stranger to sports, and Atlanta boasts some of the best stadiums around. Check out some of Georgia' greatest sports stadiums, before and after.
The Sears, Roebuck and Co. Building, a Ponce de Leon Avenue landmark for almost 90 years, is now the Ponce City Market. Take a look back at the building through the years, from its opening in 1926 to now.
Going, going, gone! In 10.5 loud, dusty seconds early Saturday morning, the Omni was no more. Atlanta's Omni Coliseum was demolished July 26, 1997.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which began as the Scottish Rite Convalescent Home for Crippled Children in Decatur in 1915. Take a look back at the early years of pioneering pediatric care institution. Read more about the history of the hospital and the plans for the anniversary, including a documentary.
May 8 is V.E. Day, marking the victory in Europe in 1945. This day that marked the official end to the war in Europe, bringing huge numbers out onto the streets to celebrate victory. The crowds in London were famously joined by Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth, who was not yet the queen.
This year marks the 79th for Atlanta's signature festival, which takes place in Piedmont Park the weekend of Arpil 10-12. Take a look back at the festival in earlier days, when, so it seems from the photos that live on in the archives, we were most concerned with documenting the festival's queens.
On March 2, 1950, Georgia dignitaries gathered to break ground on a massive new project that would create a reservoir to provide electricity, flood control and water for Atlanta and the surrounding area. That reservoir would be known as Lake Lanier, named for Georgia-born 19th-century poet Sidney Lanier.
One of the points in Five Points, Marietta Street radiates westward from the heart of Atlanta and it's been a center of commerce (and government) since the 19th century. Take a look at some photos from the street's long history.
Cheshire Bridge Road has been one of Atlanta's adult playgrounds for many years, but it's also home to one of our most venerable and beloved eating establishments, the Colonnade. Take a little trip back in time down Atlanta's naughty little thoroughfare.
It was the main thoroughfare between downtown Atlanta and the city's first suburb, Inman Park, and the street was home to the city's first electric streetcar lines, created to connect the two locations in the 1880s. Edgewood runs through the re-invigorated Old Fourth Ward, and the street is once again host to a streetcar with the launch of service in December 2014.
Fashion, fame and fine dining are all hallmarks of Buckhead, Atlanta's most glamorous district. It wasn't always that way. It used to be a cluster of country estates north of the city, a vacation spot for rich Atlantans, before being annexed in 1952. Take a look back at the Buckhead that was.
Since the days when it was known as Terminus, Atlanta has always been a railroad town -- the main transportation hub of the Southeast. Streetcars ferried busy Atlantans until the 1930s. Then, as cars and buses ruled our roads, the commuter train became a thing of the past.
Running through the heart of Midtown, 14th Street has seen huge changes in its long history. The street travels from east to west, from the Westside to the gates of Piedmont Park.
In 2014, the Fox Theatre launches a year of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the "Save the Fox" campaign, which turned the neglected old theater into a beautiful showplace that thrives today. Take a look back at the theater's history in photographs, including some of the legends that have graced the art-deco masterpiece's stage.
The rain began falling on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. Before the week was through, creeks and rivers overflowed their banks, streets became waterways and neighborhoods were turned into lakes. Sadly, several people lost their lives in the historic flood and damage estimates at the time topped $500 million.
Any history of Atlanta is incomplete without a mention of Memorial Drive, if only because the street is home to Oakland Cemetery. It's a lengthy street, running from downtown to Stone Mountain, with a very long history. Take a look into Memorial Drive's past with our latest Flashback photos gallery.
One of Midtown's most famous east-west thoroughfares, North Avenue crosses Peachtree, Piedmont and Spring streets and runs parallel to Ponce de Leon for much of its length. Some sections of the street still look a little familiar after many decades, but you'll find much of it changed beyond recognition. Take a little time-trip down North Avenue.
One of Atlanta's major thoroughfares, Piedmont Avenue has changed along with the city. Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, where it becomes Piedmont Road, are all part of the journey. Take a look at some photos of the street and its buildings through the years.
Crowds celebrate V-J Day ("Victory over Japan Day") on Peachtree Street, Atlanta, on Aug. 14, 1945.
One of Atlanta's major thoroughfares, Spring Street has been the home to some of our city's iconic landmarks. Among the street's most memorable and beloved spots is the Varsity, feeding Atlanta since 1928. Between 1980 and 1986, it was home to the 688 Club, a live music venue that still lives in the hearts of many who were lucky enough to catch a show there.
The Atlanta Cyclorama will move from its Grant Park home to new digs in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center. But what about the neoclassical building that's housed the Civil War painting since 1921? Word is, the stately old edifice will be preserved and repurposed in a new role as part of a Zoo Atlanta expansion. Many other Atlanta landmarks haven't been so fortunate, however.
In this edition of our Flashback Fotos series, our trip into the AJC photo archives takes us back to the days when Atlanta truly got all dolled up for parades of all stripes (and stars).
Our city's zoo existed long before it was called Zoo Atlanta. Before the name change in 1985, it was known as Grant Park Zoo. It began in March, 1889, when a traveling circus stalled on its way to Marietta. The caged, stranded animals began to draw crowds. A local businessman George Valentine Gress purchased the animals at auction and donated them to the city.
Atlanta will soon have new streetcars, but this isn't the city's first experience with this mode of transportation. From 1871 until April of 1949, streetcars carried folks all over town. Atlanta wasn't the only Georgia city with streetcars. You'll also see a photo of a streetcar in Gainesville during the frigid winter of 1909.