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Given our history, it’s not surprising how things turned out

One of Atlanta’s first nicknames was The Gate City and, like the city itself, the nickname originated because of the railroad.  That sort of thing happens when you become one of America’s premier railroad hubs.
Today, though, it can be difficult to visualize the extent of the railroads’ effect on downtown Atlanta.  Union Station, whose original structure dated to 1853, fell to the wrecking ball in 1972.  A parking lot now occupies the land where it once stood. Terminal Station, the largest of downtown’s depots, was demolished that same year, to make way for a Federal office building.

Atlanta rail passengers now travel through Peachtree Station, nearly five miles out from downtown and not quite as impressive as the big depots that once welcomed visitors to Atlanta.
In recent years, plans have been put forth to renovate and revitalize the area commonly known as “The Gulch,” that section of downtown that once was so busy with rail traffic the city had to build bridges over it just so people could get across town.

But as we said, today it is hard to visualize downtown Atlanta as a railroad metropolis because very little evidence of those days remain, save for a few tracks, some bridges and one tiny structure that is the subject of this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”



  1. Chad Carlson January 28, 2016 8:03 pm

    They do such a great job on these productions.Report

  2. Richard Higgins January 28, 2016 9:06 pm

    Atlanta: too busy to save anything historical. Paris, Rome, Boston, San Francisco we are not.Report

  3. SaportaReport January 29, 2016 10:12 am

    Thanks Chad! Lance Russell is a great storytellerReport

  4. Chad Carlson January 29, 2016 10:13 am

    Who pays for/sponsors these productions? I see them on WPBA as well.Report


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