Dalton, Ga. Featured In Old Post Cards

Monday, August 17, 2015 - by John Wilson

Dalton, Ga., is featured in four old post cards that were sent by a traveling minister to his home-bound sister in North Carolina.

Mabel Snead Smawley had a hobby of collecting post cards and brother, Albert Snead, often obliged her.

He sent four from Dalton on Feb. 12, 1906.

The post cards, featuring Dalton scenes that are actual photos, was published by George W. Horan of Dalton. He lived in a fine, two-story, Tudor-style home on North Thornton Avenue. It was torn down in the 1970s to make way for the Waugh Street Extension.

One of the post cards gives "a birds-eye view" of Dalton, while another shows a log cabin residence.

A third is of "the gathering of the famous Alberta peaches at Dalton."

The fourth is a street scene showing a large number of wagons, buggies and horses.

Albert Snead was quite taken with Dalton. He said, "Dalton has a lot of nice people and is a very nice place. I like it more than most any I've ever seen."

Of the bird's eye view, he said, "You can readily see that Dalton is 'among the hills.' However, it's a lovely place. Mabel, you ought to be here. It's fine."

He said of the "old log cabin near Dalton" that there were "lots of these all through the South."

He added, "How I wish you could travel through the South with me. We'd surely visit Dalton."

On the street scene, he pointed out the bales of cotton. He said the streets were not normally that crowded in Dalton.

He said the peach orchard was Summerour's Peach Orchard, which he said was "one of the largest in the world."

Frank Summerour had a large orchard at Dalton.


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