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A photo of traffic entering North Chattanooga from the Market Street Bridge was taken during the 1950s. / Photo contributed by Chattanoogahistory.com

Before North Chattanooga was heavily commercialized — some might even say, gentrified — it was a solidly middle-class neighborhood with roots in the 19th century. Former slaves are said to have started an encampment there just after the end of the Civil War.

In this photo from the 1950s, traffic collects at the intersection of Market Street and Frazier Avenue near the north end of the Market Street Bridge, perhaps at rush hour as workers returned to the neighborhoods north of the Tennessee River.

The photo is part of an online collection curated by local history buff Sam Hall. To explore the photograph at full resolution visit ChattanoogaHistory.com/rememberwhen.

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A cropped close-up shows that angel food cake was on sale at the A&P supermarket in North Chattanooga in this photo from the 1950s. / Photo contributed by ChattanoogaHistory.com

"This photo is a good example of how much detail photo negatives contained," said Hall, who has noted that this image was part of a collection of city of Chattanooga Public Works photographs donated to the website by former city worker, Perry Mayo.

Hall said that by viewing the photo in full resolution one can see that the A&P supermarket had "angel food cake and orange juice on sale" when the photo was taken.

Also prominent in the photo is a billboard touting Fleetwood Coffee, which was once manufactured on 11th Street in a building near where the Times Free Press offices are located today.

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Launched by history enthusiast Sam Hall in 2014, ChattanoogaHistory.com is designed to preserve historical images in the highest resolution available. If you have photo old negatives, glass plate negatives, or original nondigital prints taken in the Chattanooga area, contact Sam Hall at samhall@chattanoogatn.biz for information on how they may qualify to be digitized and preserved at no charge.

The photo also documents that North Chattanooga was home to both an A&P and a Kroger supermarket in the middle of the 20th century. Today the district is marked by upscale supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Publix.

According to Times Free Press archives, North Chattanooga, often called the North Shore, is home to about 16,000 people today, including an influx of apartment dwellers in recent years. The median age is about 35 and the median home price is more than $340,210. Meanwhile, the median rental price is about $1,263.

The photograph also prominently recalls the Town & Country Restaurant, one of the city's landmark eateries of the 20th century, which closed in 2005 after over a half-century of operation. The property was eventually redeveloped into a Walgreen's pharmacy.

Contact Mark Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com.

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Today, in 2020, the intersection of North Market Street and Frazier Avenue is a center of commerce and tourism. / Photo by Mark Kennedy
 
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