The multi-billion dollar carpet industry of Dalton, Georgia had humble origins. In 1893, 15 year-old Catherine Evans created her first tufted bedspread. By the 1920's, the production of tufted spreads had blossomed into a "cottage industry." Cotton mills produced the raw materials, and "haulers" served as middlemen between the mills, the spread makers, and the merchants. Highway 41 became known as "Bedspread Alley" for its proliferation of merchants.