Atlanta History Shots
Did you know that Whitehall Street once extended to the center of Atlanta (Five Points)? The road was named Whitehall because it led to the area's first tavern, opened in the 1830s, called "White Hall." This tavern predated both Marthasville and Atlanta.
The Oakland Cemetery grave of Fredrick (Frederick) Richter, saloonist and owner of Georgia Spring Brewery (1867-1875). This brewery was located in Atlanta’s West End community.
Roughly thirty-five years before national prohibition, Atlanta prepared for its first local option prohibition vote. This was the first time Fulton County could decide by popular vote whether to make alcohol illegal.(The law was messy, but the voters generally decided to make alcohol production illegal in their county.) This article appeared in the Atlanta Constitution, Oct-Nov 1885.
This postcard shows the second version of the Kimball House Hotel at Five Points. In 1885, it replaced the original hotel after it burned to the ground from a fire started by a careless guest's cigar. You can read more about the Kimball House's history here. As with so many of Atlanta's historic buildings, the Kimball House was razed in 1959 and a parking deck now sits on the property.
R. M. Rose Company whiskey bottles appeared in a 1914 Atlanta Constitution ad. However, by this time the preeminent Atlanta distiller had relocated to Chattanooga in response to the passing of statewide prohibition.