Riverdale began as a depot for the railway system that cut through the farmland in central Georgia in the late 1800s. The town’s name came from the Rivers family, who donated land to the railway companies. The city is 13 miles from downtown Atlanta between interstates 75 and 85. The ?City in a Forest? retains its natural, green beauty, yet offers residents all the benefits of being close to the state's capital and largest city.