Friday, September 9, 2011

Start your morning right with Augustus Koch's pretty, zoom-tastic map of Atlanta in 1892

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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Atlanta-philes are most likely familiar with Augustus Koch's 1892 map offering a bird's-eye view of the city. But never before have we seen it with a feature that allows viewers to zoom to specific blocks. The beautifully drawn map with labeled streets gives a good idea of how the city looked post-Sherman and notes several prominent buildings and businesses. (Keep in mind that the map's probably not entirely to scale.) Oakland Cemetery can be seen in the southeast corner and the Goat Farm — formerly known as the Van Winkle Gin and Machinery Company — is visible at the top of the map. Peters Street looked pretty happening. And look at the size of the Capitol! Click on the image above (or here), tinker with the map, and feast your eyes on what Atlanta looked like before we built an interstate through its heart, ruining our hopes and dreams, forever. (H/T Atlanta subreddit)

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