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Shared view of Glass Street

...the snapshot was found in a small envelope of photographs given to her about 25 years ago by a church friend.

Also found, an electric street car on the Boyce Line - click the photo to see them both.

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Trinity-Woodmore Methodist Church

Trinity Methodist Church dated to 1899 when two smaller congregations merged into a new church building 'on the southwest corner of McCallie Avenue and Park Avenue in the thickly settled residential area.' By 1964 there were 344 members on the church's rolls...

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Chattanooga Neon & Electric Co.

The 1966 photo features Chattanooga Neon & Electric Co., a sign and wiring business then located at 801 North Market Street. William A. Jewell started his company in 1913, then called St. Elmo Electric...

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May Pole dancers - 1964

It took some digging but we discovered that this 1964 Chattanooga News-Free Press photo was taken at the May Day celebration at Chattanooga Central High School, then located on Dodds Avenue...

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Dairy Gold - Brainerd

The Dairy Gold restaurant, near the corner of Brainerd and Moore roads, was a favorite cruising spot for teens in 1963, the year this photo appeared in the Chattanooga News-Free Press. The address, 4903 Brainerd Road, is now the site of a Waffle House restaurant...

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Andy Trotter

"For more than 20 years, beginning in the 1950s, Trotter-family car dealerships here made yearly gifts of vehicles to the United Cerebral Palsy Evaluation Center..."

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Uncle Herman's Chattanooga Shoe Store

For much of its run from late 1920s until the early 1980s, the shoe store in the 800 block of Market Street revolutionized off-price retailing...

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Miniture Museum

"The mini-museum photo reveals a lot about Chattanooga in the mid-1960s — including the fact that children from Sunnyside School would swarm a history exhibit housed in a trailer."

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The Read House

Read House historian says the spirit in Room 311 takes up a lot of oxygen for a ghost

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Fire Safety!

This photograph from 1953 was part of a blitz of media coverage for Fire Prevention Week, which was supported wholeheartedly by mid-century public officials, civic leaders and ordinary citizens alike.

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LeGrand Jewelry Co. - 604 Market St.

"Buy the sterling silver you have always wanted at an amazingly low price. First time ever offered on sale!"

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Signal Crest UMC 1964

A 1964 photograph from the Chattanooga Free Press shows a building addition nearing completion at Signal Crest United Methodist Church on Ridgeway Ave. on Signal Mountain.

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1966 - 8.4" snowfall.

In late January, a snow storm dumped more than 8 inches of snow on the city. The next day temperatures dipped below zero.

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Fountain of Youth

In a burst of late-summer bliss, children in 1947 streamed into the intersection of Douglas and East Eighth streets in Chattanooga after a water main was accidentally punctured by a worker.

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Thanks for the memories!

Shared photos in 2020

See photo selections from people who shared historic Chattanooga area photos over the past year.

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Remembering The Goat Man

1964

For a good chunk of the 20th century, Charles "Goat Man" McCartney was a fixture in the South, a vagabond who wandered from state to state leading up to 30 goats.

McCartney is shown here in a 1964 Chattanooga Free Press photo dressed in his trademark overalls and railroad cap while on a swing through southeastern Tennessee.

The subject of a book and two documentary films, McCartney was a folk legend who traveled America's rural backroads as a self-styled minister and prophet from the 1930s to the 1980s.

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OK Used Cars

1204 Broad St. - 1948

Over a half-century ago, automotive dealers thrived downtown along Broad Street where the TVA complex now occupies.

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Riverview Dairy Gold

1953

This 1953 Chattanooga Free Press photo shows the former Dairy Gold restaurant on Hixson Pike back when soft-serve ice cream and hamburgers hot off the grill were the bee's knees...

Locals may recognize this intersection of Hixson Pike and Dorchester Road as the center of a still-bustling retail and restaurant district in the Riverview area. Some of the houses in the background at the corner of Worthington Street and Hixson Pike remain there 67 years later.

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Liggett Drugs - 7th & Market Streets

1953

Liggett's occupied the building at 630 Market St. from 1920 to 1962. It's now the home of United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

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Brock Candy Co.

1952

When Chattanooga was home to a confection empire.

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McKee Bakery

1958

Behind the Scenes | Birth of a Jelly Roll

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McDonald Farm Ice Cream

1966

At one point in the 20th century, the 2,100-acre farm also operated a creamery in Sale Creek, which produced ice cream, milk, butter and cheese. The dairy goods were distributed to the McDonald family's Home Stores, a grocery chain which at its peak had 70 locations, according to newspaper archives...

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Carver Memorial Hospital

1949

Carver Memorial Hospital served the Black community here for 15 years during an era of segregation. It was one of the few municipally owned, tax-supported hospitals for Blacks in the US. When it opened in June 1947, it was fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the National Hospital Association. It had an operating room, laboratory, X-ray facilities and a maternity and nursery suite. There were 45 adult beds, five pediatric beds and 11 bassinettes.

This image was almost lost due to degradation of the film negative - evident here. Fortunately it was scanned by the staff of the former Chattanooga History Center. Tens of thousands of film negatives remain unscanned in this collection - stored at the UTC and Public Library. It is unclear if they will ever be digitized. Many are decomposing on the shelves now.

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Mystery Restaurant

Wednesday, December, 17th, 1958 at 8pm

A coy cashier looks away from the camera while taking a call. Despite all the details in the photo, none give away the location of this Chattanooga area restaurant. Many will enjoy this familiar view - and perhaps someone can positively identify it.

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Miss Chattanooga

1958

Melva Jean (Lindsey) McNice

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Northbound Dixie Flyer - 1953

A crystal clear view of the past is featured from a medium format photo negative. One of EPB's earliest employees and 'Safety Engineer' from 1940-1956, H. G. Pruett is shown visiting the rail yards that once defined Chattanooga.

Thanks to rail enthusiast Justin Strickland, we know the locomotive is the Dixie Flyer; operated by the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway.

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Rossville Blvd.

1950

A very different Rossville.

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1947 Diner

Common scene, mystery location...

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Home Stores

Birthplace of the Free Press

Roy McDonald began publishing an advertising circular in 1933. He called it The Free Press. It was delivered free door to door and was packed with news of what could be bought at his chain of groceries, the Home Stores.

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Incline Drug and Surgical Co.

At the base of the Incline Railway from 1939 - 1996.

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Tomlinson's

"At least once a day, preferably in the cool of the evening, one should throw all cares to the world and dine leisurely and well."

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Beauties in a Boat

April 1947

With nothing to go on - we look to you to find the identity of six lovely ladies posing in and inflatable raft. Their oars likely remained dry...

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The Birth of an Interstate

~1960

Construction of I-24, facing west. Market Street is in foreground. The adjacent construction is the'I-124 spur', now TN State Highway 27.

SOURCE: Perry Mayo. Scan from original medium format negative.

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Kay's Kastles

September 1959

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Almost lost - Walnut Street Bridge

Spring 1992 - just prior to restoration efforts.

Chattanooga's iconic new bridge was dedicated in February of 1891 with much fanfare. After all, it had been almost a quarter century since the city had a bridge - the last one washing away in floodwaters of 1867. One-hundred years later it faced an uncertain future. I remember my dad taking my sister and me to walk on the bridge one last time before it closed in 1978. Like most, he thought demolition was in its future.

This 28-year-old photo is the most current image on the website. It was donated by the family of Chattanooga Times photographer George Baker. A handfull of negatives were found - all that remained of a long career, yet we're thankful for every one.

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'The formal opening... will be commensurate with the importance of the occasion, and of a character giving abundant room for an opportunity to indulge in enthusiasm and jubilancy.'

Rev. Billy Graham at Engle Stadium

October 22nd, 1950

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White Oak Hardware

1947

Dayton Blvd., Red Bank.

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Racial divisions of the past...

In February 1960 - Howard High School students led peaceful sit-ins at segregated lunch counters. Soon, each afternoon stores began closing down their lunch counter service - and sometimes their doors in response.

A small group of white youth mobs responded with inflammatory language and violence. So too gathered many onlookers each afternoon - drawn by natural interest in a spectacle. Tensions rose.

By the third day, Mayor Rudy Olgiatti instructed the fire department to utilize water hoses on crowds if trouble broke out. And when it did - Chattanooga became the first city to employ such a tactic on demonstrators (black & white)*. Calmer heads prevailed and the daily events subsided.

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On Aug. 5, following extensive negotiations between pastors and merchants, black diners at several lunch counters in downtown Chattanooga finally received service.

“I'm gratified to see the community take such a forward step. I feel this is the American way of life.” 1
James R. Mapp, president of the local chapter of the NAACP
"I recognize the responsibility of every citizen throughout the world to find answers to the troubled times rather than being an abiding part of the problems." 1
Carl Allen, President of the Chattanooga Pastor Association
1 Unfamiliar Streets: The Chattanooga Sit-ins, the Local Press, and the Concern for Civilities , Jessie Harris - Virginia Commonwealth University

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Moskin's

Dress up the family on CREDIT!

Time for some 1950 window shopping at 906 Market Street.

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Gateway Motel

...opened in January of 1951, described as 'ultra modern' with 18 guest rooms that command a sweeping and scenic view. There were also three 6-room cabins.

At the time, the Bachman Tubes (East Ridge Tunnels) were truly the gateway into Chattanooga - with the interstate still several years away.

The new motel was managed by Sam Abel, the son of a Russian immagrant who operated motels and hotels in Atlanta.

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Church Demolition 1953

The First Christian Church occupied this building from 1910-1952, when a new building was dedicated at 650 McCallie Ave.

You may recognize the location as the parking lot between the courthouse and the Flatiron Building.

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Camp Joy

'Where Boys and Girls Begin to Live'

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Cameron Hill - Razed.

Urban Renewal & the creation of the Golden Gateway

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Mike's BBQ

4211 Rossville Blvd.

The sign of the dancing pig...

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Shoney's of Hixson

May 1962

Chattanooga's first Shoney's restaurant opened as 'Shap's Big Boy'. The unique architecture remains, but the restaurant and drive-in are only a memory.

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Highland Plaza

1962

As Hixson grew from rural lands to thriving suburbs, developers saw a need for closeby retail options.

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Olgiati Bridge

Bridge dedication November 20th, 1959

Peter Rudolph "Rudy" Olgiati was the 55th Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1951 to 1963. During his time in office, Olgiati oversaw the arrival of the interstate highway, the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, and the city's first urban renewal project. He is often accused of being one of Chattanooga's last political bosses.

He is also the namesake of Chattanooga's P.R. Olgiati Bridge. SOURCE: Wikipedia

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Power for Peace

1958

EPB's entry into the 1958 Armed Forces Day Parade as seen on Market Street at the current day Warehouse Row location.

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Back left: Carol Emmett Haas; Back right: Margaret Alice Cooper Dantzler

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North Market at Frazier

Despite many changes, it's still a very recognizable view of 5 o'clock traffic at this busy intersection.

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A different Chattanooga...

A view of downtown as it was in the late 1950s. Many buildings are gone, yet many still remain.

Special thanks to Perry Mayo for sharing original medium format negatives taken by the Chattanooga Public Works Dept.

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Soap Box Derby

1949 Soap Box Derby winner Y.L. Coker Jr. is pictured with his proud mother, Dollie.

His father owned a grocery store on Brainerd Rd. That store can be seen on this page.

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Brainerd Cleaners

3105-7 Brainerd Road

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Nearby Businesses, 1946

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Down by the River

The Gordon C. Greene was built as "Cape Girardeau" in 1923 and was renamed several times.

It appeared in several movies including Gone with the Wind. By 1964 it was renamed as "River Queen" and moved to St. Louis (MO) and used as restaurant.

On the morning of 3 December 1967, the River Queen sank at her moorings.

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Fowler Brothers Co.

701 Broad Street

Fowler Brothers Company began in 1885 by James G Sterchi. He started selling goods door to door out of a horse drawn buggy. He and is brother, John Calvin Sterchi, and his son in law, John O Fowler, opened Sterchi Brothers and Fowler, located in downtown Chattanooga, in 1911.

The first Chattanooga store was located next to the Tivoli Theatre at Seventh and Broad Streets.

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Army Day Parade, 1947

From 1929 until 1949, April 6th was celebrated as 'Army Day' - the anniversary date of the United States' entry into World War I.

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Furlow-Cate Ford

315 Broad Street

Before Forrest Cate Ford, there was Furlow Cate-Ford

Auto dealer ancestry...

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Loveman's 1960

A downtown building still bears the name of a retailer who served Chattanooga for over 113 years.

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Rogers Theater

919 Market Street

When it opened in 1951, it was promoted as “The South’s finest, ultra-modern motion picture theater."

The theater closed in 1976 and was demolished in 1980.

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Have a Coke

An iconic look back from October, 1953. Do you recognize anyone in this photo?

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UPDATE:

All 7 people identified.

    Left to right:

  • ■  Eugene Trotter, Esq.
  • ■  Gail Williams Poe
  • ■  Patsy Davenport Lemmons
  • ■  Burlee Lackey Malone
  • ■  Louise Moore Picklesimer
  • ■  Margie Hatfield Harris
  • ■  Ernest Bacon

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