You do realize that at the beginning of the game, Atlanta (initially
called simply "Terminus" and then "Marthasville") was a very small
town, then was totally trashed during the Civil War, before growing up
to be the metropolis it is today, right? So, I don't think the scenario
in the game is necessarily historically inaccurate, other than perhaps
it is too valuable in the early and middle game. Besides, even if there
are higher values on the map, that doesn't mean that a 60 city is
something to ignore.
My question then is: where is my grey 80 Atlanta tile?
P.S. The game is otherwise very enjoyable and I can unreservedly
recommend it to any 18xx player -- but our group considers it humourous
that in a game dealing with the south-east companies are best off
ignoring Atlanta until phase 8 or so (after all the other brown city
tiles have been used up). We've complated stealing the
Toronto tile from 1856 and using it as an 80-grey for Atlanta.
(John A. Tamplin, 19 July 2006):