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Lindsay was the first street surveyed outside of the original town of Chattanooga. It’s named for Colonel William Lindsay, a military officer involved in the tumultuous and tragic Cherokee Removal. In May of 1837, Lindsay was instructed to arrest John Ross and turn him over to the civil authorities in case he did ‘anything further calculated to excite a spirit of hostility among the Cherokees on the subject of removal.’ But that threat was not acted on.
Lindsay bought 104 acres around the bluffs above the city in 1838. Unfortunately, Lindsay died in October of that same year.
Just two months later, the citizens of Ross’s Landing renamed the town as Chattanooga.
Recently I identified the location of this photo. Like many, it was taken near a known photographers home, Charles G. Walline, who lived at 107 Payne Street. The video here provides the proof and methods used to confirm the location. Unfortunately, I have not been able to determine who the people on the porch were. I have little doubt the old man was filled with amazing stories.
Charlie Coulter Collection CC_B4_09
Again, I cannot definitively identify who they were, but are likely neighbors in the Lindsay / Payne Street area. Based on the topography, they're likely on the side facing the river as the terrain falls off toward the shoreline.
The immaculate details in the fabric and facial expressions leave much to the imagination. There is a likelihood that the young girl is the granddaughter of the older lady.
At the end of the 19th century, the older generations especially were not sure how to react to a camera. Smiles were more likely to be seen in younger generations who more quickly understood the value of the moment captured in time.
Without photos like this we may have been deprived of learning about the ‘kimono party fad’; an example of Japonism in the first years of the 20th century.
Today, this address is occupied by the 525 Battery Place Apartments. Much of the stone wall seen here still remains. Beginning in 1898, the residents here were the Storey family, Alonzo, and his wife Roxa, several daughters, and grandchildren.
A cryptic sign adorns the house. Its message remains a mystery as I have not been able to discern what it says or its meaning.