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This Day in Georgia History

May 16, 1938

Terminal Hotel Burned

For anyone traveling by train to Atlanta for a short visit, the most convenient place to stay was the Terminal Hotel, located at the corner of Spring and Mitchell streets right across the street from the Atlanta Terminal Station. Around 3 a.m. on the early morning of May 16, a fire broke out in either the basement or kitchen of the Terminal Hotel. Fire trucks arrived within minutes of the alarm, but the fire spread so rapidly that nothing could be done.