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

Menlo School about 1930, list by Blanche Toles
Menlo School about 1930, list by Blanche Toles
Menlo High School about 1930
Menlo High School about 1930
Last Menlo Depot for the TAG railroad (torn down 1970s)
Last Menlo Depot for the TAG railroad (torn down 1970s)
Menlo students of Miss Blanche Toles prepare for the holidays ( mid 1950’s)
Menlo students of Miss Blanche Toles prepare for the holidays ( mid 1950’s)
Menlo gets a new Post Office August 1963
Menlo gets a new Post Office August 1963
An early photo of Sonny’s Tavern in Cloudland at the Alabama line. It later became the Son-Lib Trade Center
An early photo of Sonny’s Tavern in Cloudland at the Alabama line. It later became the Son-Lib Trade Center