I don’t let a rainy day get in the way of my hunt for roadside attractions. If you’re looking for an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, Cartersville offers a quaint downtown with plenty of shops and eateries as well as a couple interesting oddities.
World’s First Coca-Cola Wall Sign
As you may know, I love anything Coca-Cola related, so I just had to hunt down this sign! First painted in 1894, the Coca-Cola advertisement on the side of Young Brothers Pharmacy is considered to be the world’s first of the iconic brand’s signature outdoor signage. After that, wall signs began popping up all around advertising Coca-Cola. The sign has been repainted several times but was restored to its original look in 1989.
Friendship Plaza – World’s Only Creditor Monument
Just across the street from Young Brothers Pharmacy is Friendship Plaza. The plaza features the only monument known that was erected by a debtor to honor his creditors. Mark Anthony Cooper, the “Iron King of Georgia”, founded the city of Etowah and established the Etowah Manufacturing and Mining Company on the banks of the Etowah River near Cartersville. The operation soon became a massive industrial complex and Etowah’s four mile rail line along the banks of the Etowah River, connecting the industrial complex to the main line of the Western & Atlantic Railroad. But in 1857 financial difficulties arose during a change in partnership and Cooper was put in a $200,000 debt. Cooper elicited the help of 38 friends to get out of debt and erected a monument of friendship in 1860.
What’s your favorite roadside find? Let me know in the comments!