Photographs of Tallapoosa circa 1900

There exist a limited number of photographs of Tallapoosa from its hey-day circa 1900. This page attempts to provide an index of such records.






Historic photos of Tallapoosa are collected in the wonderful book, To Be Continued... A Pictorial History of Tallapoosa, Georgia (1999) Available only from the Tallapoosa Historical Society for $20 plus postage.




Vanishing Georgia Collection
Georgia Division of Archives and History
Morrow, GA

(Click on any thumbnail photo in the column below to open a full-size version in a new window.)
Tallapoosa, Georgia, circa 1890. This is an albumen print of a large number of people gather[ed] with horse and buggys in the middle of the street for an unknown event in front of the Tallapoosa Hotel.
Tallapoosa, ca. 1890. Piedmont Glass Company. It was owned and operated by the Georgia-Alabama Investment and Development Company.
Tallapoosa, March 22, 1890. View of Tallapoosa from the Georgia & Pacific House.
Tallapoosa, March 25,1890. View of the town from the furnace.
Tallapoosa, March 25, 1890. View of Broad Street in the Old Town section of Tallapoosa.
Tallapo[o]sa, March 25,1890. Black family sitting in front of their log cabin.
Tallapoosa, March 25, 1890. Wooden structure, possibly a home, has a chimney made of wood, too.
Tallapoosa, March 25, 1890. Road to Scanton's garden.
Tallapoosa, March 25, 1890. Scranton's Corner.
Tallapoosa, ca. 1891. Chambers & Fountain Dry Goods, Groceries and Hardware Store. M.M. Chambers was associated with this business. Note the delivery wagon at the side of the store.
Photograph of John Monroe Lipham holding John Robert Tuggle, Tallapoosa, Haralson County, Georgia, ca. 1900
Lithia Springs Hotel, Tallapoosa, Georgia. Pub. by The Whitman Co. ca. 1910. (Hotel was torn down in 1943.)

See old and new maps of its neighborhood here.
Steel Gang, "Foreman Bell," Southern P[i?]y, Tallapoosa Ga, 8-15-1913.
Tallapoosa, ca. 1915. Tallapoosa Cotton Mills.
Tallapoosa, ca. 1915. Looking north on Head Avenue. Waldrop's Pharmacy occupies site on the corner at the right. Note the early trucks parked in front of the businesses at the right.
Tallapoosa, ca. 1915. Tallapoosa Public School. It burned in 1928.



Smithsonian holdings

The Smithsonian Insituttion in Washington DC holds a collection of 14 photos detailed here. It is described as follows:
Archives Center at American History
Call No. ACNMAH 0375
H. H. French Tallapoosa (Ga.) Photoprints, ca. 1880


Medium : Silver albumen(?) paper prints, mounted on cardboard, 8" x 10".

Scope and Content: 14 photographs taken in the town of Tallapoosa, Georgia, ca. 1880, each stamped with the photographer's name. Subjects are homes and businesses, including the Tallapoosa Land, Mining & Manufacturing Co., the Lithia Springs hotel site, a railroad bridge and the Tallapoosa River, a meeting of the Ladies' Aid Society at the Episcopal Mission, the Tallapoosa Glass Works, residences, etc; also a burro and wagon with two men in front of H. H. French's photographic studio.

Provenance: Donated to the Division of Domestic Life by Mrs. Franklin Chace, Deed of Gift signed Oct. 26, 1974

Restrictions: ...Probably public domain, copyrights expired. Permission to reproduce through the Archives Center; fees for commercial use...




A disappointing promise

A tantalizing posting here failed to keep its promise. None of the people we reached who attempted to take advantage of the solicitation ever received any response. The original notice, dated April 13, 2004 at 08:06:38, read in part:
Tallapoosa, Haralson Co., Ga Pictures of Bussiness and residences

I have a[c]quired a packet of pictures from a development Co. in the 1880 timeframe. included in this packet there are 36 pictures of building sites, Residences, and People. I will list the names that appear on the pictures. If anyone would like copies of these pictures i will scan them and send them to you. The pictures are not the best quality but i will do my best to enhance them if you would like...