“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dalton in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Welcome to Dalton!

Our Textile Legacy

Welcome to Dalton image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leah Tibbs, April 14, 2021
1. Welcome to Dalton
In 1985, Dalton, GA had no reason to believe that it would develop into a modern El Dorado, "The City of gold," or in our city's case, carpet. Dalton is infamous for its title of "Carpet Capital of the World".

The driving tour honors the remarkable history that can be seen all around us to this very day. Housewives, farmers, mechanics, teachers, and many others seized an opportunity and changed our history forever. Using their unique abilities, they invented machinery, sold products, and organized businesses. These businesses grew from hand tufting production to single needle methods to giant machines that are able to tuft hundreds of thousands of yards of carpet in the blink of an eye.

On this tour, you'll learn Dalton's very own "rags to riches" story that transformed the homes of America and ultimately, even the world. This is the story of a 15-year-old who began hand-tufting a bedspread in 1895, and developed into an industry that has annually produced over one billion square yards of carpet yearly since the beginning of 1990. The story of Dalton's carpet industry is not simply one of square yards produced, but it is also

Our Textile Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leah Tibbs, April 14, 2021
2. Our Textile Legacy Marker
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the story of the people who worked, dreamed, and created everything from companies, machines, and the carpet. This tour is an attempt to tell some of these stories and honor those who laid the "flooring" for our city.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1985.
Location. 34° 46.184′ N, 84° 58.023′ W. Marker is in Dalton, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on South Depot Street just south of West Cuyler Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Depot St, Dalton GA 30720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Our Textile Legacy (a few steps from this marker); Carpet Technology (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mechanization of the Bedspread Industry (about 700 feet away); Western and Atlantic Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tristram Dalton (approx. 0.2 miles away); William C. Martin House (approx. ¼ mile away); African-American Soldiers in Combat (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Hill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dalton.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2021, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2021, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 25, 2022