TN -- Chattanooga Natl Military Park -- Lookout Mountain:
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Wikipedia Description: Lookout Mountain
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Lookout Mountain, actually a plateau, is located at the northwest corner of Georgia, the northeast corner of Alabama, and along the southern border of Tennessee near Chattanooga. It is one of the southernmost ridge mountains of the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians. The summit, called "High Point," is at 2,392 feet (729 m) AMSL. The foothills of the mountain extend into Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Near Chattanooga, the caves of Ruby Falls are contained within Lookout Mountain, and the rock formations of the Rock City tourist attraction are situated on the ridge, as well as the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. From Rock City, it is said that seven U.S. states can be seen: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. In reality, on very clear days, some mountains in the Knoxville area of Tennessee can be seen at a distance of about 100 miles, but the curvature of the earth's surface lowers anything in Kentucky, South Carolina or Virginia to below the horizon. Nearby are Georgia's Cloudland Canyon and Cloudland Canyon State Park. The mountain, which hosts the nation's largest hang gliding school and Covenant College, is one of the Chattanooga area's most visited tourist attractions.
In recent years, real estate developers have begun realizing the mountain property's value for upscale second home communities, catering to residents of nearby Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham and Huntsville. However, such development is limited by the extensive conservation easements put into place by organizations such as the Lula Lake Land Trust.
Lookout Mountain was the scene of the First Battle of Chattanooga during the American Civil War.
Before the Civil War:
Before the war, land taken from the Indians was sold to the highest bidder, without a lottery of land parcels, as in Georgia. Because of this method of distributing land, much of ...More...
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2000 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 2000, I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. The scaffolding that was being used on the Washington Momnument came down in March so you'll see it disappear this year. In 2000, I took three weeks and drove across country in my new Saturn station wagon -- taking the northern route through Montana and other places, arriving in San Francisco (a place I'd always wanted to visit), and then returning via a southern route. The cross-country drive meant that I took pictures in a 20 different states (an annual record for me) as well as one foreign country.