Saturday, November 14, 2009

Underground Atlanta

Underground is one of the best places that you can go to see our actual history. For those of you who are not from Atlanta, please allow me to briefly explain.

You see, Atlanta was originally founded as the Cherokee and Creek Indians were pushed out of the valley that is now Atlanta. The Atlantic and Western Rail-lines decided to create a joint venture here, and created Terminus, which was a train station, and community. However, unlike the rest of the "Genteel" south, Terminus wasn't a fancy southern community like Charleston, Savannah or such. It was actually a fairly rough and tumble town, filled with railway workers and transients.

However, over time, Atlanta has changed, been burned, been the center for a peaceful movement of change, and is now the de-facto capital of the South. Atlanta now stands as a capital of economics, culture, and technology in the south, with the busiest airport in the nation, and a huge transportation infrastructure. But if you look closer, you can take a peek into it's past.

One example of this, is Underground. For you see, when Atlanta was rebuilt, it was literally rebuilt on the remains of the old city. Underground Atlanta is one example of this, as it has at least two levels from two different eras, over which downtown Atlanta was built.

However, as with anything that is old, there are more than a few stories associated with the paranormal. One such story, is that the Confederates had a Theater level hospital in the region. The capacity of the Hospital was about 1500 people, and during the height of the conflict, they had that many people arriving per day seeking medical treatment. So it was likely that many died in the field outside of the Hospital, waiting on treatment.

The remains of the old tracks and a well that serviced the hospital still exist in Underground, at the location that was once Dante's Down the Hatch. Supposedly, several phantom apparitions can be spotted at this location, though this is as of yet unconfirmed.

Either way, the area is historic, and makes for a great shopping district today!

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