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15 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Chattanooga

Posted by Mary Beth Torgerson on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 8:42pm.

 

You may have lived in Chattanooga your whole life, but do you know everything about your city? Here are a few Chattanooga facts that most visitors, and maybe even some locals, might not know: 

1. Chattanooga was home to first patented miniature golf course, Tom Thumb Golf on Lookout Mountain. It was created in 1927 by Rock City Gardens founder Garnet Carter to attract traffic to the creator’s hotel.

2. The Lookout Mountain Flight Park and Training School is world renowned for training hang gliding pilot hopefuls. People from all over the world come to learn there, and the school graduates more pilots than any other school in the world. 

3. The city is home to Tennessee’s largest mall—Hamilton Place Mall.

4. The Glen Miller Orchestra won the first gold record awarded by the music industry for a song about Chattanooga. “The Chattanooga Choo Choo” became the #1 song across the United States on December 7, 1941 and remained as #1 for nine weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers charts. The record sold more than one million copies.

5. The world’s first franchised Coca-Cola bottling plant was built in Chattanooga by two local attorneys who bought the franchise bottling rights for $1 each.

6. The Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn’s lobby, a former railroad terminal, contains the largest freestanding brick dome in the world. The interior height of the dome is 85 feet.

7. Chattanooga Bakery was founded in the early 1900s and in 1917, the famous MoonPie was created.

8. The Walnut Street Bridge, erected in 1891, is one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges at 2,376 feet in length.

9.The first tow trucks were created in Chattanooga in 1913. You can learn more about that at the The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc. on Broad Street.

10. Ruby Falls, located on Lookout Mountain, are the deepest commercial caverns in the United States at more than 1,000 feet underground. 

11. The city is home to some famous people, such as R&B singer Usher, actor Samuel L. Jackson, blues singer Bessie Smith, actor Leslie Jordan (most recently recognized for his role in American Horror Story) and NFL players Terrell Owens and Peyton Manning.

12. The Hunter Museum of Art holds one of the nation’s largest collections of American art. 

13. Chattanooga is home to the first and largest National Military Park, Chattanooga and Chickamauga Military Park.

14. For climbers, Chattanooga is a mecca. There is more rock within a 25 mile radius of the Scenic City than Boulder, Colorado. 

15. The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is one of the world’s steepest passenger railway lines at a 72.7% grade.


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