A panorama of the growth and development of an area, from a frontier settlement, to village, infant town and city, this mirrors a geographical gateway in its individual role, both in local and national, and sometimes international affairs. It follows a familiar pattern -- early history, exploration, pioneering and the settling in -- and continues with its importance as a communicating roadway, the establishment and abandonment of the Cherokee Nation, the way in which Ross' Landing became Chattanooga, the progress from trail to river to railroad travel and the ensuing results on the community. The origins of an industrial, rather than a plantation Southern, economy, the exploitation of natural resources and the growth of domestic business, the importance of its political complexion, its part in the Civil War -- at first untouched, then the center of battle, and at the end, a backwash --and again an advancement as potentials were realized, -- all are faithfully followed. Ochs and The Times, Coca Cola, the feud with Georgia, various economic cycles, TVA, causes celebres, etc. are highlighted and the whole provides a close-meshed survey of specific regional interest, which while not handled in dramatic fashion nevertheless combines thoughtfulness and deep personal interest.