Monday, December 5, 2011
Five points was the point where two Indian trails met, Sandtown trail and Pitch Tree trail (Peachtree). It later was the intersection of five streets in Marthaville, later Atlanta, viz: Decatur Street, Edgewood Avenue, Marietta Street, Whitehall and Peachtree Street. Sometime between the removal of the Indians (1833), a town began to take shape. In 1845 Atlanta entrepreneur, George Washington Collier opening a grocery in this intersection. Three years' later the election of Atlanta's mayor, Moses Formwalt, occurred here. Later, five different railroad tracks intersected here and it was the site of citizens fleeing from Sherman's invading army and using the train to do so.
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