One hundred years ago, Chattanooga was the entrepreneurial hub of the South. Located on the Tennessee River near several major Southern cities, it was an ideal place for businesses to launch and thrive. Yet in the 60s and 70s, Chattanooga’s reputation for enterprise faltered after a period of post-industrial decline left the former manufacturing city in search of a new identity.

(Photo courtesy Chattanooga Public Library Digital Collection. Used with permission.)