3) The big race is actually the biggest race
While you are likely aware of the city's annual Fourth of July kickoff -- the AJC Peachtree Road Race -- you may not know that the Peachtree is, in fact, the world's largest 10k. More than 60,000 participants run the 6.2-mile haul from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park.
4) The truth intersects the continental divide
It's sometimes shared in passing that Peachtree Street follows the Eastern Continental Divide -- the high landmark where water to the east reaches the Atlantic Ocean and water to the west feeds into the Gulf of Mexico. Sadly, the story is mostly incorrect. While Peachtree Street does sit atop a ridge, the Eastern Continental Divide follows the railroad tracks from DeKalb Avenue in Decatur to Five Points (before turning south toward the airport). However, when Whitehall Street (which met Peachtree Street at Five Points) was renamed "Peachtree Street SW," the story was in some measure made true. The Eastern Continental Divide does from Five Points follow a portion of Peachtree Street Southwest.
5) Coke put a little pep in the Peachtree step
Everyone knows that Coca-Cola is an Atlanta institution. But give Peachtree Street some credit. In 1886, when Atlanta passed legislation to usher in prohibition, Civil War Col. John Pemberton responded by taking the wine out of his "nerve tonic," and Coca-Cola was born. Although the history of the product extends back to the city of Columbus the year before, the nonalcoholic iteration of the world's most famous beverage became an invention of Peachtree Street. To further solidify the Coca-Cola legacy on Peachtree Street, it's worth noting that the soft drink was first sold at Jacobs Pharmacy located, of course, on Peachtree Street at Five Points.