Mayor Henry Johnson
Effective: November 16, 2007
WHEREAS, this exhibit represents thousands of hours of work effort by the Mountain Empire Modular Railroaders and other volunteers interested in preserving the area's railroad history, and;
WHEREAS, Noted railroad builder and entrepreneur George Lafayette Carter (1856-1937) was the founder of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railroad (present CSX Railroad) and completed a Class I Railroad connecting the coal fields of Kentucky to the textile mills of South Carolina, and;
WHEREAS, Carter made Johnson City the headquarters of the Clinchfield and proceeded to build the Southwest Addition (Tree Streets Neighborhood), the Model Mill (General Mills) and donated the land for the East Tennessee Normal School (now East Tennessee State University), and;
WHEREAS, George L. Carter never was properly recognized for his work in bringing the Clinchfield Railroad to East Tennessee and without the work and benevolence of Mr. Carter, ETSU might not be present in Johnson City, Tennessee.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
THAT Saturday, November 16, 2007 is hereby declared as George Lafayette Carter Day at Johnson's Depot and the public is
invited to the George L. Carter Railroad Museum on the ETSU campus to view these outstanding model railroad exhibits.