Atlanta, Texas was established in 1871, when the Texas and Pacific Railway was constructed, and named after the former home of many of the early settlers in the area- Atlanta, Georgia. In 1871, a post office was erected, and by 1885, the community’s population had grown to over 1,500. Lumber was the town’s chief industry, but peaked around 1890. After the onset of the Great Depression, the discovery of the Rodessa Oilfied in 1935 sustained the community, boosting its growth.

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Atlanta State Park