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Miscellaneous Information

  • Georgia was established in 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe. He was born December 22, 1696, in London, England.
  • Georgia was an American colony founded by Great Britain. On January 21 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution.
  • Georgia ranks 10th among the 50 states of the United States in population as of the 2000 Census Report.
  • Georgia is the largest state in area east of the Mississippi and is larger than any other state in the southeastern region of the United States.
  • In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World, it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
  • Georgia's Capitol has a gold dome. The gold was mined from Dahlonega, Georgia, the site of the first gold rush in North America.
  • The American Civil Rights leader and Nobel Prize winner, Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929. His birthday is now celebrated as one of the United States' National Holidays.
  • Georgia is among the nation's top producers of the three Ps--peanuts, pecans, and peaches.
  • Cordele claims to be the watermelon capital of the world.
  • Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia Onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia, Georgia and Glennville, Georgia.
  • Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.
  • The Cyclorama is a three dimensional panorama that depicts the famous Battle of Atlanta, and is located in Grant Park in Atlanta.

Atlanta is home to...

  • 130 retail centers
  • 41 public golf courses
  • 54 public parks
  • 32 streets with the name "Peachtree"
  • The largest toll-free telephone dialing area in the world
  • The largest suburban office park in the world - Perimeter Center
  • The largest mall in the Southeast - Lenox Square
  • The world's largest bas-relief sculpture - Georgia's Stone Mountain Park
  • The largest federal regional concentration outside Washington D.C.
  • The largest 10K race in the world - The annual Peachtree Road Race with 45,000 runners
  • The second largest theatre organ in the nation - The Fox Theatre
  • The oldest ballet company in the nation - The Atlanta Ballet
  • The tallest escalator in the Southeast - at MARTA's Peachtree Center station - 192 feet
  • The largest hotel in the Southeast - the Atlanta Marriott Marquis - 1,674 rooms
  • The tallest hotel in the western hemisphere - The Westin Peachtree Plaza - 73 stories; 723 feet tall
  • The tallest building in the Southeast - NationsBank Plaza - 55 stories; 1,023 feet tall
  • More shopping center space per capita than any other city except Chicago
  • The second-largest convention center in the world - the Georgia World Congress Center