Travelers on North Georgia’s Dixie Highway in the first half of the 20th century experienced a unique excursion. The first interstate highway to link the American South to the urban North was conceived as a tourism route. Local communities vied for a place on the route, a chance to show off local attractions, and for a piece of the economic action. The highway drew visitors to natural wonders, Native American historic sites, and Civil War battlefields. Local entrepreneurs built tourist courts, cabins, inns, and motels and opened hot dog stands, diners, and restaurants and service stations to accommodate the nascent automobile. Resourceful men and women sold farm produce and local handiworks at roadside markets. Handmade chenille coverlets were especially popular. This book traces the development of the tourism route, the growth of businesses serving the visitors, and the evolution of the tufted bedspread into the modern tufted carpet industry.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.