AN AERIAL NARRATIVE
The first part of the 1900's have seen many transformation of the park and the area. These map views of walker park through the years, from agricultural farmland to the construction of I-20 tells a story of the changes that have happened. A story of progress but also of the division of the neighborhoods.
1928 - A farm Land
on this map with wonderful detail, Walker Park is a hilltop, single structure, probably a farm house and agricultural land use. Note that Memorial Drive is Fair Street, Hosea Williams is Boulevard, and Memorial Terrace is also Whitefoord Avenue.
1949 - Apartment Complex?
Incredible detail, shot with military grade recon aircraft in the winter w/o tree canopy. Walker Park doesn't exist. It is a field of construction fill or hilltop being leveled or an apartment complex.
1952 - Welcome to Walker Park
Walker Park appears in maps since the 1949 aerials. the park served the Edgewood and East Atlanta Neighborhoods because I-20 was not yet built. Whitefoord Ave. (Memorial Terrace), Monument, and East Side Ave. would have been the main roads used from the East Atlanta Community.
1963 - Interstate-20.
The highway act of 1956 is signed by President Eishenower to create an interstate system. a year later, I-20, shown in this 1963 map, begins construction, splitting the routes from East Atlanta and to the Mcpherson monument which still lies just on the other side.
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