Snake Nation (aka Castleberry Hill) in Atlanta, Georgia
Snake Nation now known at Castleberry Hill, one of the oldest neighborhood in Atlanta, was a section of downtown Atlanta in the 1840s and 1850s (behind the Georgia Dome and west of Underground) that was known as the city’s red light district. It was a place nice people didn’t go. The snake oil salesmen peddled their product, hence the name Snake Nation.
Today it’s the most complete surviving warehouse district in Atlanta and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By the start of the 20th century, the area was converting to an industrial warehouse district along the railroads. Peters Street was lined with retail buildings where Atlanta residents came to buy essential goods – everything from furniture to farming tools. In the early 1990s the area began to turn into a haven for creative loft dwellers and art galleries and continues to grow and gain reputation as Atlanta’s historic arts district.