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PAINTING CHATTANOOGA, TN

Though the exact meaning of the name Chattanooga is unclear I am going with ‘dwelling at the rocks’ which seems pretty accurate with Lookout Mountain and Rock City right there. The area has been home to various people for thousands of years. By the time the Europeans arrived, in the mid 1700’s, the Cherokee were […]

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Taco Mamacita


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River Gorge Explorer


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Milk and Honey


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Bluffview Art District


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Aquarium


www.tnaqua.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Go to the Moon Pie Store



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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park



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Tour Frederick Lutheran Church



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Visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo or ride TVR



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Walk the Walnut Street Bridge



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★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle Riverboat



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Ruby Falls



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Ride the Incline Railway



www.ridetheincline.com
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Visit Rock City



www.seerockcity.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Chattanooga Aquarium



www.tnaqua.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★
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Towing Museum


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Rock City


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Moon Pie Factory


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High Point


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Chattanooga Choo Choo


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HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

Chattanooga, TN



Though the exact meaning of the name Chattanooga is unclear I am going with ‘dwelling at the rocks’ which seems pretty accurate with Lookout Mountain and Rock City right there. The area has been home to various people for thousands of years. By the time the Europeans arrived, in the mid 1700’s, the Cherokee were living in the area. Due to encroachment and conflict, Chief Dragging Canoe moved his people to this area on the river and established several villages. During the American Revolution the Cherokee sided with the British which did not work out so well in end. Fighting continued until the Nickajack Expedition put an end to conflict in 1794. In 1816 John Ross – who was the principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation at the time – built a successful trading post and settlement just upstream from a treacherous rapid on the river known as ‘The Suck.’ The village was known as Ross’s Landing. In 1938 the U.S. Government used Ross’s Landing as a gathering point to round up the Cherokee people. Upwards of 100,000 Native Americans (including 16,000 Cherokee) were forced at gun point from their ancestral homes to arid reservations in what was called “Indian Territory.” Driven by soldiers and without government aid as many and 1/3 of these people died from hunger and exposure during the forced expulsion known as ‘The Trail of Tears.” When the settlers took over the establishments left behind they named the area Chattanooga.

Though the exact meaning of the name Chattanooga is unclear I am going with ‘dwelling at the rocks’ which seems pretty accurate with Lookout Mountain and Rock City right there. The area has been home to various people for thousands of years. By the time the Europeans arrived, in the mid 1700’s, the Cherokee were living in the area. Due to encroachment and conflict, Chief Dragging Canoe moved his people to this area on the river and established several villages. During the American Revolution the Cherokee sided with the British which did not work out so well in end. Fighting continued until the Nickajack Expedition put an end to conflict in 1794. In 1816 John Ross – who was the principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation at the time – built a successful trading post and settlement just upstream from a treacherous rapid on the river known as ‘The Suck.’ The village was known as Ross’s Landing. In 1938 the U.S. Government used Ross’s Landing as a gathering point to round up the Cherokee people. Upwards of 100,000 Native Americans (including 16,000 Cherokee) were forced at gun point from their ancestral homes to arid reservations in what was called “Indian Territory.” Driven by soldiers and without government aid as many and 1/3 of these people died from hunger and exposure during the forced expulsion known as ‘The Trail of Tears.” When the settlers took over the establishments left behind they named the area Chattanooga.

In the 1850’s the city became a primary rail hub for much of the southern United States which was a huge economic boom. Due to the importance of all the railhead meeting here, Chattanooga became a major Union objective in the Civil War. The Chickamauga Campaign became a critical event featuring many skirmishes, a siege, and several battles. The bloodiest of these was the Battle of Chickamauga which is only behind Gettysburg in the number of casualties. In 1867 the only bridge in Chattanooga was washed away by the cities record flood which crested at 58 feet. There was no bridge until 1891when the Walnut Street Bridge was built.
World War I brought increased commerce and industry to the city. It was a frenzy of activity. In the 1930’s the TVA built the Nickajack Dam, taming the Tennessee River’s floods, and Chattanooga became the base of the TVA. In 1941 Glenn Millers hit “Chattanooga Choo Choo” brought more recognition to ‘Dixie’s Dynamo.’ Industrialization continued to drive the economy but at a high cost. In 1969 Walter Cronkite announced on the Nightly News a government study had ranked Chattanooga as ‘Dirtiest City in America,’ recognition they did not want. Not much changed until the 1980’s when the River City Corporation began substantial riverfront redevelopment. In 1990 the Chattanooga Venture began developing new programs for the city. The improvements have been vast. So much so that Volkswagen built a 1 billion dollar Chattanooga Assembly Plant there in 2011. They have become known as ‘Gig City’ due to the city’s investment in 1 gig fiber optics through the whole city. They have gone from worst to among the best and set a high bar for the rest of the nation. This is Chattanooga today, an example of how modern cities can be with shared goals and vision. It is dwelling solid as rock.