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After three years and three months of weekly podcasts, I am changing up the format. A new episode will release every Friday morning, but they will alternate between ‘full length’ a...

Amusement Parks

This week, I am covering some of Atlanta's lesser-known amusement parks. From Walton Springs in the 1840s to the Funtown of 1961. Where were they? What amusements did they have? Al...

Peyton Wall

This week, I'm covering the "Peyton Wall" - TWO barricades erected in 1962, along Peyton and Harlan Roads. White neighbors had been fighting "Negro encroachment" for more than a de...

Grave Robbing - REPLAY

Halloween is this weekend, and so I wanted to replay my episode from last year, with Liz Clappin from Tomb With A View. We talked about the history of grave robbing, from the earli...

In 1909, Asa Candler, Jr bought 290 acres of land south of Downtown, with the intention of building a racetrack. The Atlanta Speedway lasted only two years, and then the land was u...

Orphanages

This week, I'm covering the earliest orphanages in Atlanta - who formed them, who funded them, where they were and what they are today. From 1866, when the state of Georgia establi...

Fannie Springer

Fannie Springer was a Austrian-born, Jewish woman who moved to Atlanta with her husband shortly after getting married in 1889. After an incident with an Atlanta patrolman in 1900, ...

”Miss Atlanta”

The story of the "Miss Atlanta" pageant coincides with the growth of Atlantic City's "Miss America".  Like all things Atlanta in the 1920s, this contest and the choosing of a ‘repr...

Fort McPherson

This week, we’re talking about Fort McPherson. From its earliest days as the pasture of Charner Humphries, to local militia training ground, to a racetrack, to both Confederate and...

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