Historic Markers Across Georgia

Georgia Power

Marker ID: GHS 60-15
Location: at the georgia Power building on Ralph McGill Blvd, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.834    W 084° 22.787
  33.7639    -84.37978333
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Georgia Power Marker
Photo by Todd Massar


Georgia Power
A Citizen Wherever We Served

Electricity came to Atlanta in 1884, when the Georgia Electric Light Company of Atlanta, chartered in 1883, began operating its first generating plant and installed 22 streetlights. Henry M. Atkinson (1862-1939) was a driving force behind the development of the electric industry in Georgia and built the foundation for the present day Georgia Power. Within five years, the company was powering 800 streetlights, a few businesses and electric streetcars. Beginning in 1902, Preston S. Arkwright Sr. (1871-1946) led the company's growth through a string of acquisitions of smaller municipal and independently owned electric systems across the state. Known as Georgia Power (a subsidiary of Southern Company) since 1926, the company now serves millions of customers throughout Georgia.

2015.5 Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, and Georgia Power 60-15