By Eddie Samples
Posted in Feature Stories 11/27/09
Back in the 1830s, when the area we now know as Atlanta was still a wooded paradise belonging to the Cherokee Nation, Roswell King left his home on St. Simons Island by horseback to visit the new United States Mint in Dahlonega, GA.
En route and upon arrival at the Chattahoochee River, he was impressed with the view of hills north of there and thought of it as a pleasant place for a community. With the river supplying abundant power, he established the Roswell Cotton Mill, and with friends John Dunwody and James Bulloch, decided this was where they would live.