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, California.

Menlo Photo Archive

Chattooga Corn Club, a precursor to the 4- H program
Chattooga Corn Club, a precursor to the 4- H program
Blanche Toles’ students show off their art at Menlo in 1954. Miss Toles taught 50 years
Blanche Toles’ students show off their art at Menlo in 1954. Miss Toles taught 50 years
The early road leaving Menlo going to Cloudland. The road used switchbacks to get to the top.
The early road leaving Menlo going to Cloudland. The road used switchbacks to get to the top.
The early road to Menlo, A pleasant ride…untill it rained !
The early road to Menlo, A pleasant ride…untill it rained !
Menlo’s Civil War Monument… erected 1915
Menlo’s Civil War Monument… erected 1915
A scene from the Patten Fruit Farm near Menlo circa 1905. The Pattens were from Chattanooga.
A scene from the Patten Fruit Farm near Menlo circa 1905. The Pattens were from Chattanooga.