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Atlanta is a safe place for those who don't want to live in the real world. From its founding, almost a century and a half ago, it has been a refuge for what could be, rather than what is. Confederate sympathizers unaware the South had lost the battle of Atlanta named it, and initially started its existence outside of reality.

Miners continued that tradition, spreading the infection of gold fever, but seldom was gold found as the fever continued to grow. In the 1960's, hippies and beatniks fled to Atlanta's lax rules and judgment-free attitude. This place at the end of road offered gays a retreat, nestled in the mountains where no one would harass them. And it gave artists who needed an escape from the boundaries of society a place to create. Where the road to Atlanta ends, the magnificent Sawtooth wilderness area begins, continuing a reality unbound by the society.