Excerpt from Atlanta, Greatest City of the Great South: The Recognized Business Center and Metropolis of the South, Facts and Official Figures
There is no mystery about the growth of Atlanta. Its story can'be told in five words: location, railways, commerce, manufactures, pluck. It was the outcome of the necessities of a situation. The West and the Atlantic seaboard had to be brought into communication. Roads must be built and location selected as the entrepo-t' for the roads coming from either di rection. No mistake was made as results have proved. Atlanta is the very spot which meets all the requirements. The road which the State it self constructed in furtherance of the plan, the Western and Atlantic from Chattanooga to Atlanta 138 miles, is still the property of the State and one of the most valuable railways in existence, paying an annual rental of almost a half million dollars. Those who would come from the North and Northwest to balmy Florida find that the direct great railway lines go through Atlanta, as the people of the East also find the most direct line to New Orleans and Texas passes through Atlanta.[ontinuoua Growth.
Atlanta not onlv grows, but grows constantly and largely. Nor is this steady growth confined to one line of progress, but is manifest on all lines. Atlanta is a manufacturing as well as a mercantile city, and trade and manfactures increase at the same pace with population. There has been no halting. In this is exhibited the wisdom displayed in the location of the city, and in it we also have strong evidence of Atlanta's superior attractions and advantages, both for residence and business. There can be but one ex planation of this fact - that it really possesses the natural and acquired advantages of a great city, such as complete facilities of transportation, am ple capital, a rich surrounding country. A healthful and enjovable climate, and a people of character and sturdy enterprise in the best location. These have made good its claims to pre-eminence as an all-round city and constitute the unfailing elements of prosperous growth. There are few cities that combine to such an extent the excellencies of home - life and busi ness life and hence the reason why in Atlanta are to be found so many of the best people from other sections. In this we also find a further ex planation of that cosmopolitan spirit which is so attractive and for which Atlanta is so distinguished. While we do not need to use a drag-net to draw in capital and population, we still desire to induce the immigration of good people who will help us in accelerating the progress and prosperity of our magnificent city. We want all the world to know it - that no bet ter place can be found than Atlanta in which to live, to conduct business.
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