There is only one way to really experience Atlanta...Come and visit! Atlanta is a historic, rustic mining town tucked into a valley under the majestic peak of Greylock Mountain. Greylock towers to an elevation of 9363 ft. It demands your attention as you enjoy the sites and recreational opportunities around Atlanta.
Atlanta is located approximately 90 miles east of Boise, Idaho.
In the summer, the best way to reach Atlanta from Boise is by traveling Hwy 21 through Idaho City up over Mores Creek Summit. After mile marker 56, you will come to the Crooked River Road. Turn South and travel to the North Fork River Road and turn left. You will follow the North Fork for several miles and the road will take a southern turn over the river to Swanholm Road. Swanholm will take you to the Middle Fork of the Boise River where you will turn East and travel to mile marker 68, arriving in Atlanta.
In the winter, the only maintained road from Boise is the Middle Fork Road. Traveling on Hwy 21, you will pass over High Bridge and take a right on the Middle Fork Road. This will take you past Spring Shores Marina and eventually past Arrowrock Dam and Reservoir. On the way you will pass through Twin Springs Resort. Atlanta is 68 miles from Hwy 21 on the Middle Fork Road.
Via Featherville. You can usually take James Creek Road from the Featherville/Pine area, but don't plan on attempting this route until July. Fall accessibility via this route depends on the weather. This is a popular route in the winter for snowmobilers.
(Information from an exhibit maintained by the Atlanta Historical Society)
Captain John Stanley's prospecting party discovered gold near Atlanta in 1863. Confederate sympathizers named the load "The Atlanta" after the Civil War battle of Atlanta. The streets of Atlanta City were laid out in 1855 and the Post Office established in 1867. Extremely high grade assays attracted English ad Eastern investors. High grade ores were packed out by mule train and large stamp mills packed in over a narrow trail from Rocky Bar until a wagon road was completed in 1878. Hydro-electric development and large aerial tramlines helped revive the district between 1904-1912. A third revival began in 1931. The completion of the Middle Fork Road in 1836 helped solve the transportation problems. Before major operations ended in 1953, Atlanta produced some 18 million dollars ranking it as Idaho's major hard-rock gold producer. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Atlanta is currently home to over 30 full time residents. It boasts a dam driven power plant and community water system complete with fire hydrants. During the summer and fall, The Hub operates as the local watering hole, gathering place and eating establishment.
Atlanta Gold is actively conducting mining operations in the Atlanta area.