Anthony Stalcup

Kennesaw

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Nestled in the heart of Cobb County, this one-time railroad town has blossomed with subdivisions, strip malls, and students on top of students thanks to the ever-improving Kennesaw State University. Originally known as Big Shanty, the town was walloped during the Civil War and suffered its hits over the years, but ballooned during metro Atlanta's suburban boom in the mid- to late-1990s. Despite the contemporary retail, car dealerships, and college crowd, Kennesaw maintains ties to its past by preserving its historic, antique-filled downtown and directing visitors to the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. There they'll find, among other choo-choo attractions, the famed "General" locomotive that was absconded by Union spies during the Civil War. 
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