Originally named Atlantic City, the city of College Park was born in 1846 when a large tract of land was granted to Alexander Ratteree. The next settler did not arrive until 1861, the year the first store and five additional homes were erected. The city began to develop rapidly in 1890, when the Atlanta and West Point Railway Company built a spur track into the area. The city’s second name was Manchester but in 1896, city officials held a contest to choose an appropriate name for the new town. The winner, Lula Roper, chose “College Park” and received a small tract of land. Newly named College Park was incorporated in the same year. The city also renamed many of the streets. East-west streets are names for colleges, Cambridge, Yale, Oxford, Harvard, etc. North-south streets are named for famous people: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Napoleon, etc. Today, College Park delights in its urban historic district and stunning variety of architecturally unique homes and buildings. It is a lovely city with close proximity to all the recreational and cultural activities of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Some of the most popular pastimes are the numerous professional sporting events, Six Flags Over Georgia, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Underground Atlanta and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. In keeping with its history of lighting the first Christmas tree, College Park also celebrates the annual Christmas Parade and holds an annual contest for the Best Holiday Decorated Property.
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