Menlo

Like Lyerly, Menlo replaced another once-thriving town when the railroad bypassed previously bustling Alpine. In 1891, the Chattanooga Southern Railway was built and passed through the area near the property of Captain Andrew J. Lawrence. Captain Lawrence, a Confederate Veteran, is considered the father of Menlo. He and his estate donated the land for most of the town’s schools and churches—with particular attention to those for African American citizens. Near the center of the town, Lawrence Park was given to Menlo in 1915. Captain Lawrence held inventor Thomas A. Edison in very high esteem, thus the town was named for Edison’s home and laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey .

Menlo Photo Archive

Edwards Pharmacy in downtown Menlo mid 1950’s
Edwards Pharmacy in downtown Menlo mid 1950’s
Summerville News ad of local doctor fees in 1960
Summerville News ad of local doctor fees in 1960
The Robert and Minnie Harlow family motor up Lookout Mountain in the late 1920’s
The Robert and Minnie Harlow family motor up Lookout Mountain in the late 1920’s
The “old road” up the mountain to Cloudland
The “old road” up the mountain to Cloudland
Tro-Fe Dairy, one of several in Chattooga County in the 1950’s
Tro-Fe Dairy, one of several in Chattooga County in the 1950’s
Ad for  Labor Day festivities at Cloudland in 1926
Ad for Labor Day festivities at Cloudland in 1926