April Fool’s! These tales of Atlanta history tend to be more myth than fact
Last summer time local news outlets transported a tale concerning the suggested purchase from the decrepit Clermont Hotel on Ponce de Leon Avenue. An Connected Press dispatch, that was published on WSB radio’s website, mentioned, “Atlanta lore has it the building eventually transformed into expensive hotels was previously the place to find gangster ?Al Capone.”
I chuckled so difficult I clogged on my small grits. That “lore” is absolutely false. Sure, it is also been reported through the Atlanta Business Chronicle, but it’s a metropolitan myth fashioned from whole cloth greater than a decade ago with a heavily inked prepare at Eats restaurant, just lower Ponce in the Clermont. I discovered this charade because that prepare been my boy, Matthew.
He really composed a few versions from the story, based on where he was and whom he was with. Most frequently, Matt told people who Capone crashed on top floor from the Briarcliff Summit, the previous hotel switched Section 8 housing for that seniors, at a corner of Ponce and North Highland Avenue. When Capone was there, Matt vowed, armed pads stored watch in the roof.
He’s laying. I’ve consulted several Capone biographies and also the gangster’s only residence in Atlanta was our federal penitentiary, where he was holed up from 1932 to 1934 before moving ?to Alcatraz.
The night time this Scarface fable was uncovered, I’d met Matt and his buddies, including Maggie White-colored, the co-who owns the Youthful Bloodstream Gallery, in the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club. Maggie repeated the storyline about Capone residing in the ?Briarcliff Summit.
“That’s not the case, you realize,Inches I stated. “Matt managed to get up.”
Maggie’s face went pale and her eyes increased dark. She’d been telling this tale because the 1990s. “I only agreed to be shocked. I couldn’t accept is as true wasn’t true. I needed to punch Matt hard.Inches
Matt was extremely amused, just like he was amused this summer time once the AP selected up his myth. He sent me an e-mail about this from Philadelphia, where he’s now an attorney. How he went from cooking jerk chicken at Eats to some Philadelphia law practice is really as mystifying as his penchant for concocting bogus urban legends.
Yes. You will find others. Are you aware, for example, that Reynoldstown was named for Burt Reynolds as he was at Atlanta to shoot Sharky’s Machine? Sure! Mayor Andrew Youthful gave him the important thing towards the city! Just ask local historian Matthew Monroe.