Dalton Business Signs
Dalton is a city located in the northwest portion of the present-day U.S. state of Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Before this area was United States territory, it was inhabited by Woodland and Creek Nation peoples. However, by the 18th century, the Cherokee had pushed the Creek to the west and south. The Cherokee called this area their “Enchanted Land” until the United States lumbered in and forced them out as part of the Trail of Tears tragedy in 1838. Following the merging of the Western and Atlantic (W&A) and Georgia Railroads, Dalton was founded in 1847. The settlement was named after Massachusetts General Tristram Dalton.
Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Dalton, Georgia has a total population of 34,077 people. This makes it the second most populous city in northwest Georgia, after Rome. Dalton, Georgia is, of course, considered the principal city of the Dalton, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Dalton, Georgia Metropolitan Area, according to that same 2016 estimate, has a total population of 142,227 people.
Dalton, Georgia is known the world over as being the “Carpet Capital of the World.” This is due to the fact that Dalton, Georgia’s economy is dominated by the carpet sector. In fact, Dalton, Georgia is home to a whopping 150+ carpet plants. This industry employs more than 30,000 people in the local area, while, according to the City of Dalton, Georgia, “more than 90% of the functional carpet produced in the world today is made within a 65-mile (105 km) radius of the city.”
Historically, Dalton, Georgia also served as the site of three battles during the American Civil War: The Great Locomotive Chase, The First Battle of Dalton, and The Second Battle of Dalton. In fact, according to Roadside Georgia, “the U.S. government recently declared Dalton and Whitfield County to have more intact Civil War artifacts than any other place in the country.”
Elsewhere in Dalton, Georgia is the Western and Atlantic Depot. The Western and Atlantic Depot, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1852 by Eugene Le Hardy as a train depot. The modern-day depot houses the Dalton Depot Restaurant. This depot was also the site of The Great Locomotive Chase from the American Civil War.
Dalton, Georgia is also home to Dalton State College, which was founded in 1963. As of 2007, Dalton State College has an endowment of $25.6 million. In 2012, Dalton State College had a total of 5,047 students enrolled in its various programs. Dalton State College is one of 31 colleges and universities involved in the University System of Georgia. Dalton State College is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Dalton, Georgia is home to no professional sporting franchises of note. It is, however, home to Dalton State College’s Roadrunners, whose entire athletic program was founded in 2012 as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In 2015, Dalton State College Roadrunners’ male basketball team won the NAIA National Championship.
Do you, by any chance, own a small business in and/or around the Dalton, Georgia area? The resources listed below could help you should you choose to embark upon such an exciting endeavor:
Apply for a Business License in Dalton, Georgia:
Business in Whitfield County:
Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce:
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