Being a part of the Indian’s Chiefton Trail, which spreads throughout Northwest Georgia, Dalton has been apart of Native American history. In 1851, Whitfield County was officially founded by British missionary Reverend George Whitfield.
Dalton holds a very historical role, housing a Confederate Hospital during the civil war. Dalton also holds historical significance in relations to Tunnel Hill, a railroad tunnel cut straight through a mountain.
Known as a manufacturing town, Dalton’s manufacturing roots begin in the early 1900s when Catharine Evans introduced a tufted bedspread, which caused other women of the town to sew for extra income. Through tufting and sewing, the people of Dalton began making rugs and other products. This innovation helped Dalton during the Great Depression and helped usher Dalton into the flooring/carpeting industry.
Dalton now is the carpet capital of the world, a multibillion-dollar industry that Dalton is the leader of.
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