#TBT: Piedmont Park, 1895

There’s no doubt that Piedmont Park has become Atlanta’s version of Central Park.

It serves as a gathering spot for friends, a concert venue and a place where amateur sports are played – though maybe none as important as the 1895 college football game between Auburn and Georgia, which was played at the park.

In 1895, Piedmont Park also hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, which is the event at which the above image was taken. Thousands of people came to the exposition from around the world to experience the temporary attractions and exhibits, according to the Atlanta BeltLine.

The event was just another announcement to the rest of the world that Atlanta was roaring back from the Civil War as a force of trade and business, and would remain that way into the future.

(Last week’s #TBT: Downtown Connector construction, 1950)

Most of the buildings that were constructed for the exposition are no longer standing, but the park still has much of the same layout as it did 120 years ago. Check out the image below, and you’ll see what I mean (blue markups show where some of the present-day landmarks are located).

Piedmont-1895-markup

Image via the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

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