Source: eastpointliving.com/About East Point. Historical data compliments of East Point Historical Society, as published on eastpointliving.com. Photos courtesy East Point Historical Society and eastpointliving.com.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF EAST POINT
East Point is called that because it’s the place where the Atlanta & West Railroad ends in the east, just as West Point, GA is the place where the rail line ends in the west.
The city started with a citizenry of only 16 families in 1870, but grew quickly after it became an inviting place for industry to develop. Soon it boasted the railway, two gristmills and a government distillery located on Connally Drive. One of the earliest buildings was the factory of the White Hickory Manufacturing Company, built by B.M. Blount and L.M. Hill (who became the first chairman of the board of aldermen, i.e. mayor, of the city.
By 1880 the town also had two churches, a common school, a steam-gin, a sawmill, a post office (actually founded in 1851), a telegraph office and its own newspaper weekly, The Plow Boy. East Point ranked as a grain and cotton-growing center, and with its pleasant climate and proximity to the railway, had also become a popular summer resort.
Not bad for a spot that had seen numerous war time skirmishes during the Civil War, and after Sherman’s March had led one downhearted eyewitness to report that there was “nothing here [that] resembles a town.”
In 1884 the first telephone rang in East Point, and in 1887, the city received its first charter. Then came the first housing boom in 1890, when a major portion of property along East Point Avenue was subdivided and developed, opening the way for more homes, more churches, more people and more places of employment. By 1892 Main Street was completed, despite protests from a few progress-shy early settlers who maintained that onemajor thoroughfare, Newnan Road, was more than sufficient.
By the turn of the century, the adolescent town was poised to grow into the city it eventually would become.
ABOUT EAST POINT
Conveniently located in south Fulton county, just inside the I-285 perimeter and only 12 miles southwest of Atlanta, East Point is a friendly community of nearly 40,000 people – many of whom chose East Point because of its convenient accessibility to metro Atlanta. East Point has:
- its own MARTA rail stop and lots of nearby MARTA bus terminals
- easy access to all four major Atlanta highways: I-285, I-75, I-85 and I-20
- fifteen minutes from downtown Atlanta
- just five minutes to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport In addition to convenience in travel, East Point also offers:
- Two recreational complexes and numerous parks
- Fort McPherson Army Base
- four major financial institutions
- six hotels
- an award-winning hospital
- the Dick Lane Velodrome– one of only 22 such bicycle tracks in the U.S.
- its own municipal water reservoir, which results in lower utility costs
The city is becoming increasingly popular with growth-minded companies seeking small town charm.
East Point is home to the Camp Creek MarketPlace shopping center. More than 100 household names in shopping and dining have made the corner of Camp Creek Parkway and I-285 their home, and countless shoppers have visited the multi-store complex since its opening in July 2004.
Many more shops and amenities are on their way in Phase II, which opened Summer 2006. Now every day is a shopping day for South Fulton County residents!
As a Millennium City and Community of the Future, East Point is prepared to serve the needs of business development as well as its growing community.