Meander through Chattanooga, the city made famous by Glen Miller’s song about a train, and made notorious by the Indian Removal Act’s ‘Trail of Tears’ and Walter Cronkite’s unfortunate description, “the dirtiest little city in America.” On this dynamic walking tour of Downtown Chattanooga, you’ll hear how concerned citizens, governmental leadership and the loving guidance of a passionate local helped an ugly duckling of a city transform into the beautiful scenic city you see today.
Local guide, author and historian, J.D. Harper takes you through the city, sharing its past and present, from the good and the bad, to the ugly. You’ll learn about Chattanooga’s master builder, R.H. Hunt and his rich architectural footprint, the city’s vast Civil War history, and its seemingly endless list of must-do outdoor activities. Along the way, you’ll hear an urban legend or two, as well as a ghost story.
• Learning how the Battles for Chattanooga set the stage for an ultimate Union victory in the Civil War
• Discovering Underground Chattanooga
• Getting the scoop on how an Aquarium showed up on the banks of the Tennessee River
• Hearing about Jimmy Hoffa’s connection to the city
• Weighing in on the Georgia-Tennessee state line dispute
• Walking segments of the original ‘Trail of Tears’ route
Come and take a chance on this beauty of a city, currently recognized as “the best mid-sized city to live, work and play” today.