#TBT: Piedmont and Ponce de Leon avenues, 1890s

It’s amazing to see how much Atlanta has changed in just 125 years.

In the image above, horses pulled a carriage over railroad tracks at the present-day intersection of Ponce de Leon and Piedmont avenues. This image, presumably taken in the 1890s, shows just how different the downtown area looked in that time, when the city was still recovering from the Civil War.

(More #TBT: Sears Building, 1920s)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Photo Vault has preserved this fuzzy, yet remarkable, image of the area where the two roads intersect today. Few buildings could be seen in this photo, and they definitely weren’t close to the size they are today.

In 2016, there are many buildings and residences¬†in the exact same area. Here’s how that intersection looks today, looking west on Ponce de Leon Avenue, via Google Maps:

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Photo: Tumblr/AJC Photo Vault

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