The City of Atlanta  has a story like no other city in America. From its beginnings, as a small railroad junction, to its rise as a hub for transportation and business, to its central role in redeeming the promises made during our country’s founding, Atlanta is a place of opportunity, struggle, progress, and hard work. It is a place to learn, a place to work, a place to create, and a place to call home. Atlanta can only be the place that we love and care about if we—all of us—remember the people and events that shaped it into such a special place. The authentic Atlanta is rooted in history and lives on in our stories and our communities.
The stories, communities, and culture of Atlanta are not abstract notions—they can be seen, felt, and experienced all around the city, every day. They live in the smiles of our residents, the art on our walls, and the historic structures all around us. We must not erase our own stories by allowing our historic places and spaces to go by the wayside. We must take action to keep our city vibrant now and, in the future, so everyone can enjoy, learn from, and shape Atlanta in their own way. We must take action so that we can know and respect those who came before us, those who created opportunity and success through struggle and hard work.
The City of Atlanta originated in 1837 as a railroad terminus on the Western and Atlantic Railroad, and was called simply Terminus. As the city's population grew, it was decided the area needed a new name. First, in 1843, it was renamed Marthasville after Gov. Wilson Lumpkin's daughter Martha. Two years later it was renamed Atlanta, the origin either being Martha's middle name "Atalanta," or the feminized version of Atlantic, as in the railroad company.
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