Here’s what Atlanta looked like the year The Rolling Stones formed

It has been 53 years since The Rolling Stones formed in London, and, in all likelihood, Tuesday’s concert at Bobby Dodd Stadium will likely be the band’s last trip to Atlanta.

Much like the Stones themselves, a lot has changed in Atlanta since 1962. What was then a sleepy city home to many Civil Rights leaders has become a sprawled-out metropolis that’s home to corporations, good food and millions of people.

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With the Stones in town, here’s a look at some events that were happening in Atlanta in 1962, according to Our Georgia History.

– The Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad opened at Stone Mountain Park

– An AirFrance jet carrying 106 Atlanta civic and cultural leaders crashed during takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris. All 106 died.

– Martin Luther King Jr. met with President John F. Kennedy to discuss racial issues

– Jimmy Carter won a state senate seat for Quitman County

– Metro Atlanta’s population was roughly 1.5 million, according to Census data; it is now about 5.5 million

Here are a few photos of Atlanta in 1962:

Downtown Atlanta, from the sky

Atlanta 1962

The Fox Theatre and Peachtree Street

Fox Theatre 1962

Main photo via rollingstones.com; Fox Theatre photo via Atlanta History Center; dowtown photo via Georgia State University


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