Scenic USA - Tennessee

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Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain

Photo by Chuck Biddinger

     Lookout Mountain presents quite a spectacular view of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River. During the Civil War Period, Lookout Mountain also offered a military viewpoint of Chattanooga, considered the gateway to the south. On November 24, 1863, General Joseph Hooker led an attack that became known as the Battle Above the Clouds.
     Twenty-five years later veterans of this battlefield, Ferdinand Van Derveer and Henry Van Ness, stirred interest in preserving the area as a memorial site. A few years later, President Benjamin Harrison signed a bill establishing the first military park. In 1895 a dedication took place on Snodgrass Hill. It was a moving ceremony as a great crowd veterans arrived for the celebration. Today, Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Park includes Point Park at Lookout Mountain. 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps camps built a network of trails through the park. Some of the park's most interesting highlights are reached over these footpaths.


 

 

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