Montgomery Ave.
Montgomery Ave.
Main St.

By this time this photo was taken by Will Stokes, Montgomery Avenue's slow name transition to ‘Main Street’ was underway. What would become a center of commerce was named for Rush Montgomery, a trial lawyer and early settler of Chattanooga.

This shared photo was scanned from an especially clear 8x10 print once owned by Ben B. Wilson. Embossed on the lower right; STOKES-FORSTNER, indicating it was sold after Stokes death in 1922 while Ed Forstner continued to operate the business. A copy of this view also appears in Paul Hiener’s Chattanooga Yesterday and Today, Vol. 1.

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Montgomery was a somewhat eccentric, great storyteller, and “full of life and vim and fun.” He was a very enthusiastic man who firmly believed that Chattanooga was destined to become a great city. Montgomery could “talk the loudest and longest” of anyone in Chattanooga. Sometimes he would mount a stump near the river and merchants and customers would leave the stores to listen to him. He boldly said that someday Chattanooga would have 200,000 people, a remark that caused “people to shake their heads wondering how anyone could believe such predictions.”

John Wilson Chattanooga's Story

Laferry and Trotter

'Practical Horseshoers'

Chattanooga Distillery

Coca-Cola Delivery Wagon

Montgomery Ave.

Mitchell Boarding House

Chattanooga Daily Times - May 25, 1904

 Photos stored away will likely never be seen.

Far too often, history is lost in settlement of estates or thrown away by well-meaning family members. Many public institutions and organizations are not set up to share, but rather to archive and garner donations.

 Why Chattanooga­ is different.

No-charge photo & negative scanning is available for qualifying materials such as true photo (non-digital) prints, negatives, glass plate negatives, and 35mm slides.

I started this website in 2014 with the goal of sharing high-resolution historic photos from this region; invested in professional digital scanners, and other tools to ensure donated or loaned photos are quickly digitized. Originals and/or digital copies are provided back to you.

You or the original photographer (if known) are fully credited.

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