Propagating the Spiller Magnolias

On a sunny August morning in 2013, a small group met in the parking lot behind Whole Foods on Ponce de Leon Ave., just west of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. In addition to their passion for history and horticulture, the group brought along a cherry picker – courtesy of Sunbelt Equipment Rental – and … Continue Reading →

A sketch of the mural to be painted.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Deisha Millar, Bang! Arts Media 404-663-3833 January 9, 2018 – Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta artist, Charmaine Minniefield has been commissioned by, Hands On Atlanta and Spelman College to create a mural on the newly opened Westside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.  The mural construction is part of Spelman’s 2018 MLK … Continue Reading →

Salvaging History From Excelsior Mill

Part of the beauty of building the Atlanta BeltLine is exploring the history of the city’s bypass of old railroad corridors that make up the 22-mile loop. Along with the development of transit, trail, and park infrastructure, historic preservation is one of the main components of building the Atlanta BeltLine. Artifacts, old rails, and even … Continue Reading →

Community Love: Digital History on the Atlanta BeltLine

This past semester, Georgia State University professor Adina Langer led a Master’s class in history: Theory and Practice of Digital History. As a semester-long assignment, the students were required to study the Atlanta BeltLine from a historical perspective, focusing on a topic with geographical ties to the railroad corridor. The project culminated in the Rail Corridor … Continue Reading →

A streetcar passes down an old line in Atlanta. Photo credit: Kenan Research Center.

Southwest Atlanta and the Original Streetcars

Before southwest Atlanta developed into the neighborhoods that exist today, the area was once a rural outlier of a city in its infancy as a transportation hub. The history of West End, Westview, and Adair Park were very much shaped by the original lines of transportation around which they existed – stage coaches, the early … Continue Reading →

Magnolia tree on the Eastside Trail next to old Crackers' stadium

Saving the Southern Magnolia on the Eastside Trail

The majestic magnolia that towers over the Eastside Trail just north of Ponce de Leon Ave has withstood the test of time and seen many changes in its surroundings over the years. Once a feature of the original Ponce de Leon Park (and, later, Spiller Field) where the Atlanta Crackers played minor league baseball, the … Continue Reading →

Digging up History at the Eastside Trail Gateway

People sometimes ask us what we’ve learned from the time we started building the Atlanta BeltLine, and often the answer is: “Expect the unexpected.” Because we are working with and remediating a 100+ year old railroad corridor, it isn’t uncommon that the documents and records have been lost over the years, leaving our team to … Continue Reading →

The Southern Railway building. Photo credit: The Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

History on the Atlanta BeltLine – Piedmont Park

Part of what is exciting about the Atlanta BeltLine project is that there is so much history buried in Atlanta, and much of it can be found by exploring the rail corridor that loops the city. For those of you that love Atlanta as much as we do, seeing glimpses of the past makes the … Continue Reading →

Art Calling to Mind Atlanta’s History

Now that the 2013 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit is drawing to a close, we are taking a moment to look back on this year’s incredible visual and performing art. Many of this year’s installations call out Atlanta’s history as a railroad hub, and echo the transformative nature of the Atlanta BeltLine by playing … Continue Reading →