Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tullahoma Tennessee - 1937 Real Photo Postcard

Tullahoma was founded in 1852 as a work camp along the new Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad. The town became highly significant during the Civil War, and served as the headquarters for the Confederate Army of Tennessee in 1863. The campaign of that year, which ultimately delivered control of Middle Tennessee to the Union and opened the door to Atlanta, is known as the Tullahoma Campaign.

After the war, Tullahoma recovered slowly, but began to prosper from its vital railroad link. During this period, Tullahoma became renowned for its educational facilities, a rarity in the area at the time. At the turn of the 20th century, Tullahoma became a popular health destination, with many spas across town. In 1939, U.S. Highway 41A was built through town, giving Tullahoma access to Nashville and Chattanooga.

In the early to mid-20th century, the area benefited from considerable federal investment and development, from the Tennessee Valley Authority to the establishment of Camp Forrest, an infantry training center and later POW camp. Tullahoma celebrated its 155th anniversary on October 4th, 2007.


Dave said...

Tullahoma is a neat little town - been there many times. It also is home to one of the few remaining fiercely independent family-owned Coca-Cola bottlers, just as there used to be all over the country. Most bottlers came under the control of the parent company decades ago.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thank you for the additional information Dave. I appreciate it. Looks like a pretty cool town.