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Chattanooga Day Trip

Monday, September 28, 2009

On Labor Day, my mom and I took a quick trip to Chattanooga, TN.

Our first stop was the Chattanooga Choo Choo. From their website: "In 1905 Southern Railway purchased the property (which used to be a hotel). The depot grew to serve nearly 50 passenger trains a day. Passenger train traffic slowed to a near halt in the 1960's with the dominance of auto and air travel. Railway activity was replaced by these faster modes of transportation. Almost 61 years after the opening, the grand old building was closed to the public when the last train stopped on August 11, 1970. Doors and windows were boarded up, and Southern Railway vacated the entire building.

Terminal Station was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of local businessmen who were inspired by the theme of the "Chattanooga Choo Choo." They invested $4 million before its new grand opening on April 11, 1973, and the beautiful Terminal Station once again opened its doors to welcome visitors to Chattanooga - this time as a unique vacation complex. With its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Chattanooga Choo Choo is considered one of the city's first historic preservation projects."

Next, we headed to the Bluff View Art District. "Bluff View Art District is a historic neighborhood filled with restaurants, a coffee house, art gallery, historic Bed & Breakfast, and plenty of gardens, plazas and courtyards where you can relax and rejuvenate. The neighborhood, which stretches over 1.5 city blocks, sets high atop stone cliffs that plunge into the river below. From this bluff-top location, you will have breathtaking views of the Tennessee River, as well as downtown Chattanooga and the Walnut Street Bridge, a position which earned early residents of the area the nickname 'cliff dwellers.'"

The Hunter Museum of Art is within walking distance of the Bluff View District.

The Mansion

Following the death of George Thomas Hunter, the nephew of the man who founded the world’s first Coca-Cola bottling company, his mansion was donated to form an Art Museum.

The Waterfront

Across from the museum is a walking bridge that goes across the Tennessee River.

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