Atlanta, Georgia, Terminus, Georgia

The Founding of Atlanta, Georgia

In 1837, the town of Marthasville, Georgia, named after the Governor of Georgia’s daughter. Marthasville was also named Terminus, due to the name of the rail stop at the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line that ran into the town. As the last rail stop Terminus was referred to as the “Zero Mile Post”.

The Terminus rail line in the 1800s.

On December 29, 1847, Marthasville was established as the town of Atlanta, Georgia was founded.