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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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newsydon January 07, 2014 at 11:21 AM
i remember this. nobody talked about "northlake" being part of tucker until the 70's or 80's. it wouldn't surprise me if no one alive here actually went there before 1965. maybe they had a picnic at the lake. tucker historically is a very small place around the rr station. it's not northlake mall.
rwf January 07, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Sorry, Herman, this time you've made a mistake of Cheryl proportions. Your aerial image doesn't include the Montreal area (where the train station was) AT ALL, and what you seem to be claiming as 'Montreal' is the Northlake area pre-development. Whatever might have been left of Montreal is a good 1/4 mile below your image, as it was essentially immediately west of the current location of the DeKalb County Schools Sam Moss Service Center. The generally east-west road running across the bottom of the image is Lavista Road, while the curvy north-south road running vertically through the center of the image is Henderson Mill, which intersects Lavista towards the bottom center. That fork in the road between Lavista and Henderson Mill is the current location of Briarcliff Plaza, which hadn't been built yet. Montreal Road takes off to the south just below the fork in the road. The straight diagonal line across the southeast corner is the rail line from Tucker, on the east, towards Atlanta (missing Decatur) to the west. Montreal was located just to the west of where the railroad intersects Montreal Road, below the image. Other features that can be seen here is North Lake, just north of the fork in the road, and the shadow from the WSB radio tower, southeast of the fork of the road. Studying the image closely, I only see houses, no significant commercial development AT ALL. Maybe a small general store, nothing more. No Court House, no high school, no train station, no nothing. If you would like to see Tucker's downtown from the same set of aerial images, you need go no further than the Tucker Initiative blog, at http://cityoftuckerinitiative.blogspot.com/2013/04/tucker-way-back-when.html. "The Montreal commercial area may have been bigger than the Tucker commercial area in 1960." ????? Sorry, Herman, there WAS NO Montreal commercial area in 1960. Nice try, Herman. Better luck next time.
Herman Lorenz January 07, 2014 at 02:44 PM
rwf: I had hard enough time finding this map segment. I couldn't find an aerial view that had a larger area. But when I arrived in Georgia, courtesy of my parents, this entire area was shown on the gas station maps as Montreal. Although a lot of people called it Rehoboth. And my point was that this was a pretty open area, with not many residents. It's considered by Tucker 2014 and you as part of Tucker (two miles away) because it is now a big commercial area -- much bigger than Tucker itself.
newsydon January 07, 2014 at 03:37 PM
rwf. your description of montreal as the rr station is kind of strange, since you want to act as if tucker goes from the rr station to the world. "tucker" is a small area around the rail station. nothing more.
rwf January 07, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Then I would suppose you would have the same opinion about Atlanta, that it's just a small area around the rail station. To each his own.
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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