Right on History!
The Cherokee called it the “Enchanted Lands.” Though Dalton was the site of much turmoil in the early 18th century, it has always been a place of beauty and history. The Creek Nation and Cherokee fought for possession of the land, until Cherokee victory in the mid 1700s. However, the Cherokee would also lose this paradise during their forced removal by the American government in 1838, a tragedy known today as the Trail of Tears.
After the establishment of a working railroad city, host to the Western and Atlantic Railway that connected Tennessee to the Chattahoochee River, Dalton’s turmoil would continue when the South seceded from the Union – leading to the American Civil War. During the years of war, Dalton and the surrounding areas witnessed some of the bloodiest combat, as well as the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
The Beginnings Of The Tufted Carpet Industry
Many know Dalton as a major producer of tufted carpet. The tufting industry began around the turn of the century. A young, Dalton woman, Catherine Evans Whitener, recreated a bedspread in a hand-crafted pattern she had seen, for a wedding gift. Copying a quilt pattern, she sewed thick cotton yarns with a running stitch into unbleached muslin, clipped the ends of the yarn so they would fluff out, and finally, washed the spread in hot water to hold the yarns in by shrinking the fabric. Interest grew in young Catherine's bedspreads, and in 1900, she made the first sale of a spread for $2.50. By the 1930s, chenille bedspreads became amazingly popular all over the country and provided a new name for Dalton: The Bedspread Capital of the World.
As a result of the demand for more bedspreads, the first mechanized tufting machine, attributed to Glen Looper Foundry of Dalton, was developed in the 1930s. Sales were created by correspondence or by taking spreads to department stores, but by far the most famous and enjoyable way to buy a spread was on "Bedspread Alley," U. S. Highway 41 between Dalton and Cartersville. The most popular pattern to the travelers, outselling all others 12 to 1 was the Peacock -- feathered birds facing each other and spreading tails over the breadth of the spread. This "Bedspread Alley" phenomenon lasted into the ‘70s, and even now a few spreads can be seen just south of Dalton.
Through the years, the Dalton area has continued to be the center of the tufted carpet industry, and today, the area produces more than 70 percent of the total output of the worldwide industry of over $9 billion. Dalton is now known as the "Carpet Capital of the World."
In addition to the carpet and now flooring industry, Dalton is a growing arts community and an ideal location in the Georgia mountains for hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, camping, kayaking and more. There is also a delightful downtown with numerous boutiques for a unique shopping experience and locally owned restaurants with unforgettable fare and atmosphere.
Dalton is conveniently located on I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga, TN with several venues for meetings, conventions, concerts, weddings, sports tournaments or any other special event. We have 1,000+ comfy hotel rooms at many major hotel brands. And we’re affordable. Dalton was ranked 15 percent below the national average for goods and services as reported by Edge Magazine.