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Atlanta is host to well over 16.5 million visitors each year.

Atlanta is the fifth city to be the capital of the state of Georgia. It was
preceded by Savannah, Augusta, Louisville and Milledgeville.

The Varsity Restaurant has earned the distinction of serving the highest volume of Coca-Cola anywhere. It dispenses nearly 3 million servings of Coca-Cola annually.

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, then named Candler Field, made great strides in 1942 when it set a record of 1,700 takeoffs and landings in one day, earning the airport its title as "the nation's busiest airport in terms of flight operations. Candler Field's name was changed in 1946 to Atlanta Municipal. Before becoming the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the airport was also named the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Airport in February 1971 and renamed again as the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport in July 1971. After the death of former mayor Maynard H. Jackson in 2003, the airport was renamed to its current name of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

With a passenger terminal complex equivalent in size to more than 45 football fields, Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bears the proud distinction of being "the worlds busiest passenger airport."

The Capitol Dome is layered in 43 ounces of pure gold that was mined in Dahlonega, Georgia - the site of America's first Gold Rush.

There are approximately 55 streets with the name Peachtree in Georgia.

Atlanta has 130 retail centers and 54 public parks, and the city is home to the fourteenth largest mall in the nation The Mall of Georgia.

Atlanta has more shopping center space per capita than any other city except Chicago.

Atlanta is home to the Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10K race in the world with approximately 45,000 runners annually.

Atlanta was briefly named Marthasville from 1843 1844.

Atlanta is the only city in North America destroyed by a fire as an act of war, when General Sherman burned the city on November 15, 1864. Today, the city's symbol is the Phoenix, a legendary bird of Egyptian mythology that rose from its own ashes with renewed strength and beauty.

Atlanta is home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the largest museum in the world solely dedicated to a famous civil rights leader.

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