Sometimes when we get too bummed out here in Atlanta, Georgia, we like to check in on what other Atlantas are up to, to see if they’re living up to the hype, or even just making do. Makes us feel like we’re not alone in the world – somewhere out there, there’s another Atlanta, plodding along, learning valuable lessons through its constant mistakes, and just trying to make a name for itself in this crazy game we call life.
Atlanta, Illinois: It’s hard to tell a lot of what’s up in Atlanta, Illinois, as the Atlanta Argus is updated online only monthly. The water leak on North Street will be repaired soon. There is a problem with unnumbered houses in the town that the council has to deal with. Dollar General needs a business license and the grocery wants to start selling liquor on Sunday.
There is so much to see and do in Atlanta, located along Route 66 and proud site of “the Bunyon Statue” of Paul Bunyan holding a hot dog and Illinois’ only eight-sided limestone public library and museum. You can get some great Atlanta souvenirs at the J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum and find out where cornflakes come from in their new exhibit.
Atlanta, Kansas: This tiny town has STOLEN OUR HEARTS. First of all, read this:
It’s a compact little town, four blocks in each direction. What makes Atlanta special is the way the town works together. The big round table in the Branding Iron Cafe, the heart of town, is a good example. This table, and the other furniture, was built by local volunteers when they were rebuilding the building that houses the cafe; over 5,000 hours of volunteer labor. The building itself is owned by a community economic development group that makes sure that Atlanta has the essentials, including a cafe. Other community projects are an outstanding volunteer fire department and a local first-response team for medical emergencies. Community efforts also keep the downtown buildings maintained and occupied. The old movie theater is still used as a community center. The 1921 City Hall has a tiny jail inside, but the building is mostly used now for preparing utility bills.
Right now you are like, “Tiny jail!!! TINY JAIL!!! SO CUTE!!!” But get this: Atlanta also has Willow Roc MINIATURE HORSE FARM!!! They accept Paypal and have a 30-day layaway plan!!!
Atlanta, Texas: A mini-cyclone hit downtown Atlanta in August of last year and the city is still repairing some stuff. Meanwhile, the First Baptist Church is raising money to build on a nice addition.The mayor is also a real estate agent. This “Great Home for the Entertainer” is listed at $169,500. Did I mention Scott Joplin was born in the Greater Atlanta area? Think about it.
Atlanta, Indiana: Atlanta hosts the annual arts, crafts, and flea New Earth Festival (train rides available). It is home to local businesses such as Olde Town Grooming Salon (“grooms all breeds of dogs in a professional setting with NO TRANQUILIZERS AND NO ABUSE!”), the Atlanta Mercantile Whistle Stop Soda Shoppe, the East Street Inn and Suites (“A dream destination for the people who treasure every moment of their life, even on their business trips and long staying out of their home”), the Atlanta Music Hall (“Wednesday is ‘Jam Night’”), Dollar General Store #6923, and Lisa’s Pie Shop. Our favorite moments are 0:17 and 1:32:
Atlanta, Missouri: You can have fresh eggs delivered from the Dausman Hobby Farm for $1/dozen, and a pint of honey from the Creech Bee Farm for $7. A Main Street Burger with cheese is $3.25 and an Atlanta Burger with cheese is $3.75 at the Olde Atlanta Locker Restaurant, “where meats no longer hang around but our friends do.” Enjoy this photo essay – and do give Kelly a call the next time you are passing through Atlanta.