What Lies Beneath The Streets Of This Georgia City Is Creepy Yet Amazing
Atlanta, Georgia is home to intriguing cultural history and rich, developmental days of yore. But much of the history that surrounds this wonderful city lies underground. What’s commonly called the “City Beneath the Streets” has an impressive amount of antiquity right underneath your feet. Right before the Civil War began, Atlanta became a sprawling metropolis in the south. This made it an ideal haven for Confederates, but also a treacherous target for the Union army.
In fact, much of Atlanta was destroyed during the war. However, in the late 1800s Atlanta began rebuilding itself by incorporating new buildings, banks and railways. The railroads crossed over each other on bridges, which were eventually connected by concrete viaducts. Eventually the population in Atlanta doubled, creating a need for a much better infrastructure. This new construction took place in the 1920s, and merchants began to move their operations to the second floor of their buildings, turning the original ground floors’ storefronts into basements for storage and service. (Not to mention a few good spots to house speakeasys and juke joints during the Prohibition.)
By the end of the 1920s, the street level had been raised by one and a half stories. For the next 40 years Atlanta continued to grow, but now at the “new” street level. This left the underground, 12-acre area effectively abandoned and forgotten. Years later, the city decided to restore it—dubbing it Underground Atlanta—and opened it up to the public.
It’s truly amazing how much history is below our feet every day in Atlanta. It’s strange to know that what went on underground during the war is now a cultural hot spot and tourist destination. However, as of lately, many visitors are saying that Underground Atlanta can be a wasteland at times—creepy with its emptiness and darkness.
Take a look at what Underground Atlanta looks like today and see for yourself:
What do you think of Underground Atlanta? It does seem to add to the creepiness factor that it’s so dark and desolate. But what is truly amazing is the rich history behind it and the fact that the walls hold stories of the Civil War and years of rebuilding.
Have you been to Underground Atlanta? Let us know in the comments below!