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5 Facts About Georgia's Capital: How Well Do You Know Atlanta?

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The landmark fast food restaurant The Varsity is an icon in the Atlanta-metro area. (Sean Pavone/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 06 Mar 2015 03:51 PM

Georgia's capital of Atlanta has a full, vibrant nightlife, entertainment and sports galore, and is rich with American history. From restaurant records to Civil War history, these are just some of the various facts about Atlanta.

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1. The Varsity in downtown Atlanta is the world's largest drive-in restaurant.

Since 1928, the fast-food joint has been serving customers and celebrities such favorites as a Frosted Orange, chili cheese dog, or onion rings from scratch. The location covers more than 2 acres and can hold up to 600 cars.

2. Atlanta is home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Jimmy Carter.

As a leader of the civil rights movement and for his dedication to achieving racial justice through nonviolent action, King received his Nobel Prize for his tireless efforts in 1964. Carter was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his decades of finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts, advancing democracy and human rights, and promoting economic and social development.

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3. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport.

With more than 150 U.S. destinations, more than 60 international cities in 50 countries, and more than 2,500 daily flights, it’s no wonder Hartsfield-Jackson has been deemed the busiest passenger airport. At 4,700 acres, the airport's size is equivalent to 3,554 football fields.

4. Atlanta has the world’s largest toll-free dialing area. With a 7,162 square mile radius, no long distance charges apply to any region in the Atlanta area.

5. Atlanta was the only U.S. city to be burned down during a war.

During the Civil War, residents were asked to evacuate the city before the Union soldiers arrived to defeat the Confederate Army. Buildings and homes were destroyed by fire.

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