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Stories of Atlanta

The one that stuck

Richard Peters, the superintendent of the Georgia Railroad, had picked a name for the Marthasville train depot and had begun distributing circulars advertising the Atlanta Depot. As the Georgia Railroad, at the time, was running the only game in town, Peters didn’t get much pushback and, eventually, everybody began referring to Marthasville as Atlanta. Pause with us as we take a short look at the naming history of the town known as Marthasville on 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.”


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1 Comment

  1. Faset (Bill) Seay June 2, 2020 4:48 pm

    Lance, I very much enjoy your “Stories of Atlanta”. I am a bit of a history buff myself and write stories (over 30 so far) about my neighborhood, Piedmont Heights. I am looking for information about how the name “Piedmont Heights” originated. I know the change happened when Atlanta annexed it but would like to write a story about how and why that happened. Can you give me any clues or pointers about where to look?

    Bill Seay


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