Stone Mountain is a small suburb, with approximately 7,000 residents according to the 2000 United States Census. The city lies on the outskirts of Atlanta, in the eastern part of the DeKalb County. The City is named after the mountain that presides in the area. Stone Mountain is known as the largest North American exposed granite dome. An interesting fact about the Stone Mountain is that there are animal and plant life that live only on the mountain and nowhere else in the world. In 1839 the village was established as New Gibraltar, and a general store was added around the same time. The city was officially changed to Stone Mountain in 1847 by the Georgia State Legislature. During the Civil War, the village of Stone Mountain was destroyed in the summer of 1864. The mountain has been a major part in the economy of the city. It was once the site of a former granite quarry, and now plays the role of a tourist attraction with a museum and state park, as well as an enormous stone carving of Confederacy military leaders. Typically visitors would take the tourist rail to the mountain, then hike over a mile up to the mountain summit where there is a restaurant and club that was established around the early 1800s. This and other tourist attractions can be found on the Georgia yellowpages. The city of Stone Mountain was host to some of the Summer Olympic Games in 1996, including tennis, archery and track cycling. In recent years the local economy had begun to descend and the city has taken steps to counteract this motion. The Main Street Stone Mountain program was first created roughly 10 years ago to establish promotional events, restructure of economy, and revitalize the historic downtown area. The business directory will have more information about Main Street and other local businesses.
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