Chattanooga
 

Population

2010: 167,674, #139 in U.S., #4 in Tennessee

1950: 131,041, #74 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 528,143, #97 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 246,453, #80 in U.S.

Setting

Chattanooga, on the Tennessee River, was established as Ross’s Landing in 1816 by Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation. It was named Chattanooga in 1838. Today, Ross’s Landing Park is along the river, adjacent to the Tennessee Aquarium, and there is a 10-mile Riverwalk. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is on the east side of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Republic Centre, 300 feet (1977)

Stores

Chattanooga has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak has no service to Chattanooga. The former Southern Railway Station (1909), now called the Chattanooga Choo Choo, has a hotel, restaurants, and shops. The one-mile Lookout Mountain Incline Railway (1895) climbs to the top of Lookout Mountain, which overlooks the city.

Museums

The Hunter Museum of American Art and the Creative Discovery Museum are located downtown.


 



Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga


Theaters

The Carmike Cinemas Majestic 12 plays first-run movies. The Tivoli Theater (1921) is a restored movie palace that now hosts the Chattanooga Symphony and a variety of other concerts.

The Memorial Auditorium (1924) hosts touring Broadway shows and other events. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is across the river from downtown.

Sports

The Chattanooga Lookouts, Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, play at AT&T Field (2000). McKenzie Arena (1982) at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga has sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Chattanooga

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chattanooga Architecture