George L. Carter, most known for his building of the Clinchfield Railroad, was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Kingsport and laying the groundwork for modern Kingsport. Carter was also one of the first to envision a new industrial community at Kingsport. Facing financial concerns, Carter had to seek financial assistance and backers to complete the railroad. John B. Dennis, of New York, entered into the picture and became in many ways the financier of Kingsport. Dennis and other northern investors met in 1905. From left to right: George L. Carter, Isaac T. Mann, George Kent, John B. Dennis, William Ritter, Norman Ream, Thomas Ryan, James Blair, Henry Ray Dennis, unknown, and James Hamill.