The history of Atlanta began with railroads, and in 1844, a man named Jonathan Norcross opened a sawmill, with his biggest customer being the new Georgia Railroad. He generously gave away slabs of wood to poor millworkers, and the town built around it became known as Slabtown.
By the 1850s, the town was filled with around 40 saloons, and the morality began to fall with Snake Nation taking over. The rival Moral Party put an end to the sinful town by burning it down. Slabtown was quickly rebuilt in the early 1900s, and eventually, Castleberry Hill came to fruition.