Montreal GA 1960

This is an aerial photo of the Montreal area of GA in 1960. That’s the downtown Montreal commercial district at the bottom. And for those who are not aware that there is such a thing, that’s North Lake just above it. For those paying attention to these things, the Montreal commercial area may have been bigger than the Tucker commercial area in 1960.

Check out all those homes along Henderson Mill, Midvale, Henderson Rd and Evans Rd.  Oh No!  Excuse me, those are actually farms. So is most of the area between Briarcliff Rd and Henderson Mill.

So when people talk about the history of the area, and that everyone always thought of big areas of the County as “part of” or “belonging” to Tucker, think about it. They’re suggesting that someone in one area “thought that” someone in another area belonged to them. And they're thinking about a really small group of people.

There are a lot of historic areas in GA; some of them developed into thriving communities. Some stagnated.  Almost all of them in the area around Atlanta grew because of the growth and spin-off of Atlanta.  It’s not because of the 1920’s or the 1880’s. 

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rwf January 07, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Herman - I'll send you a 1960 aerial map that does include the Montreal area, where I have highlighted where I believe Montreal was located. The only problem is that the maps I have that show the Montreal RR station place it in two different locations about a 1/4 mile apart. Perhaps you can add it to the blog posting?
AMB January 07, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Montreal was never a town or a city or anything of the sort. Montreal was a housing development off of Montreal Road, more towards Clarkston than anything else. The area you are discussing is Rehoboth which ran roughly from North DeKalb Mall's current location, down Frazier and Pangborn to LaVista Road, and well north of Rehoboth Baptist Church on Lawrenceville Highway. The farming community was known as Pea Ridge till the Rehoboth Church members renamed it Rehoboth by choosing a name out of the Bible.
doddave January 08, 2014 at 11:00 AM
AMB. I remember people calling it Rehoboth too. I just don't remember anyone calling it Tucker. I remember the old gas station maps too. They all used to go out to the perimeter, and Tucker never showed up. I had forgotten about "Montreal" and Rehoboth, but I remember both names now that you've mentioned them. I don't remember any of the old maps that went out as far as Tucker. They all used to cover the area barely outside the perimeter. Some of them had weird shapes because of that. But I remember Montreal as the name, even after the mall was built. It didn't start getting called Northlake area until long after the Mall was built.
doddave January 08, 2014 at 11:01 AM
rwf -- In case you haven't noticed, there's a big difference between Terminus and Tucker.
doddave January 10, 2014 at 05:39 PM
AMB -- Montreal was never a city. Neither was Tucker. If 285 had gone through the middle of Tucker, Tucker wouldn't exist now either.


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