Friday, March 6, 2015

History of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Did you know Atlanta airport started out as a racetrack? Ever wonder what flying was like before the days of jets? Have you ever seen a vintage photo of Atlanta airport and couldn't figure out where the old buildings were in relation to the airport you know and love / hate ? Well then, step this way...

I completely rebuilt my massive History of Atlanta Airport with hundreds of photos covering over a century of history.

History of Atlanta Airport

Where has the time gone?

Hello everyone

First of all, I've neglected this blog for nearly two years while working on other projects but people have continued to show support and I continually get messages from readers. Much appreciated! Return To Atlanta even received an unexpected shout out from Creative Loafing last August. I'm so happy to know that people enjoy this and have such a passionate interest in our local history. Very nice!

Just to let you know, I plan to resume regular posts in a few weeks.

Some of the other projects I've been involved with in the past two years:

I joined a group called Theme Music in 2012 and spent nearly every spare moment from late 2012 - 2014 recording, making music and creating videos with musicians all over the world through the magic of the interwebs. A guitar track from Sweden, a piano from Scotland, vocals from Michigan, bass from my living room. It's a blast. NPR even did a story about it.

The other big project, finished just last week, was rebuilding my aviation website which features a massive section on the history of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Now it is time to once again return to Atlanta!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What Transit In Atlanta Should Look Like

This map was produced by Citizens for Progressive Transit in 2006 and illustrates what transit in Atlanta should look like. Click HERE for the hi-res version.

Ironically, the routes extending to the edges of the map in all directions, listed here as Commuter Rail, were operated multiple times daily by the major railroads 50+ years ago. I live near Conyers on the east side of Atlanta and the restored ninteenth century rail depot is still adorned with a sign showing mileage to Atlanta and Augusta. Once upon a time you could have boarded a train here and arrived at Atlanta's Union or Terminal stations in 45 minutes. From there you could have connected to trains bound for anywhere in the country. It all sounds whimsically futuristic, doesn't it?

Conyers depot: from here to anywhere in the U.S. Hard to imagine.

TSPLOST rejected

Friday, May 18, 2012

East of the ATL: Then and Now

I noticed my photo comparison of the site of the old Lithonia, GA railroad depot has been making the rounds on several blogs and thought I'd point readers to the entire set of photographs. Entitled Now and Then: East of Atlanta, the set features recreations of vintage photos taken in Decatur, Stone Mountain, Lithonia and Conyers, GA. Some of the original shots are nearly a century old! If you enjoy this blog and are a fan of the Atlanta Time Machine, you'll probably dig these too.

Lithonia, GA Now and Then: Ghosts of the railroad