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View from the top of Lookout Mountain, February, 1864, by George N Barnard

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. 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. But that is not true; Kentucky, Virginia and South Carolina are all too far away to be visible above the horizons. Nearby are Georgia's Cloudland Canyon and Cloudland Canyon State Park. The mountain, which hosts the nation's largest hang gliding school, is one of the Chattanooga area's most visited tourist attractions. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1060x264, 271 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1060x264, 271 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... February is the second month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... In geology and earth science, a plateau, also called a tableland, is an area of highland, usually consisting of relatively flat open country if the uplift was recent in geologic history. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 30th 52,423 sq mi  135,775 km² 190 miles  306 km 330 miles  531 km 3. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 36th 109,247 km² 195 km 710 km 2. ... Chattanooga is a city located in United States of America. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, located in northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee, preserves the sites of two major battles of the American Civil War. ... Alternate meanings: Cave (disambiguation) This article is about natural caves; for artificial caves used as dwellings, such as those in north China, see yaodong. ... Ruby Falls is an 145-foot high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee in the United States. ... A view from Rock City. ... The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is an inclined plane railway located along the side of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 36th 109,247 km² 195 km 710 km 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Largest city Frankfort Louisville Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 37th 40,444 sq mi  104,749 km² 140 miles  225 km 379 miles  610 km 1. ... 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Official language(s) English Capital Largest city Frankfort Louisville Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 37th 40,444 sq mi  104,749 km² 140 miles  225 km 379 miles  610 km 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 320 km 420 km 6 32°430N to 35°12N 78°030W to 83°20W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012... Cloudland Canyon State Park is a 3,485 acre (14. ... Cloudland Canyon State Park is a 3,485 acre (14. ... A tourist attraction is a place where tourists, foreign and domestic, normally visit. ...

View from the top of Lookout Mountain, March, 2006, by Harmony Gollubske. Used with permission.

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. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1568x448, 153 KB)A picture taken in Rock City in March 2006. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1568x448, 153 KB)A picture taken in Rock City in March 2006. ... Look up March in Wiktionary, the free dictionary March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Alternate uses: Knoxville (disambiguation) Knoxville is a city located in Knox County, Tennessee, United States. ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... Huntsville is the name of some places in the United States of America: Huntsville, Alabama Huntsville, Arkansas Huntsville, Missouri Huntsville, Ohio Huntsville, Tennessee Huntsville, Texas Huntsville, Utah Huntsville, Pennsylvania Huntsville, Ontario is also a town in Canada. ...


Lookout Mountain was the scene of the Battle of Chattanooga during the American Civil War. The Battle of Chattanooga may refer to several American Civil War Battles: Battle of Chattanooga I Battle of Chattanooga II Battle of Chattanooga III (1863) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Combatants Union (remaining U.S. states) Confederate States of America Commanders Abraham Lincoln† Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,200 Casualties KIA: 110,100 Total dead: 359,500 Wounded: 275,200 KIA: 94,000 Total dead: 258,000 Wounded: 137,000+  The...

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History

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 Lookout Mountain, TN was owned by a few wealthy Chattanooga families prior to the war. The aptly named Summertown, on top of the mountain, was barely accessible from a small rutted turnpike built in 1852 by Col. James A. Whiteside. Whiteside, a native of Danville, KY, owned a summer home which he converted into a hotel with several cottages. Naturalists, such as Bradford Torrey, who visited the summit thought the cottages spoiled the environment and made it look like a cheap resort . Whiteside had purchased much of the land on the mountain’s summit, and another wealthy Chattanoogan, Robert Cravens, had purchased most of the land on the side of the mountain. Cravens was also instrumental in developing Lookout and moved his family to the house he built 1855. Within a few years of the Cravens completing construction, about 25 families lived on the mountain in the summer. 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


Civil War

On November 23, 1863 the Battle Above the Clouds was fought on the slopes of Lookout Mountain. The majority of hand ot hand combat took place near Cravens' house about halfway to the summit. Lookout Mountain’s unique shape and location can in some conditions cause a unique weather phenomenon. After dawn, fog will descend from the cooler mountain top to the valley below and stop about halfway down. This interesting natural occurrence took place the day of the battle and is the reason for its romantic name. November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ...


Post-War

Lookout was considered a peaceful getaway from the rigors of city life and also a health benefit. When one was feeling ill, a few days in one of the mountain resorts was thought to be a good cure. Another generation of businessmen began marketing their own attractions in the 1910s and 1920s. Lookout Mountain was an incorporated town and instead of serving as an escape for the wealthy, the rich businessmen were settled more permanently on the mountain. Garnet Carter, J. B. Pound, O. B. Andrews, and Leo Lambert were a few of the more successful entrepreneurs who created their own attractions. Instead of making their money off of tourist room, board, and transportation, the natural attractions were enhanced and fiercely marketed. Sites that had long been popular, such as the city of rocks (or Rock City), the Lookout Mountain Cave (now Ruby Falls), and the functional railroads (now the Incline–America’s Most Amazing Mile) were bought, “highly developed”, and marketed . The angle of tourism had significantly shifter from the pre-war cottages of Col. Whiteside. // Events and trends The 1910s represent the culmination of European militarism which had its beginings during the second half of the 19th Century. ... The 1920s was a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ...


Alabama

Little River

Nearly 75% of Lookout Mountain is situated within Alabama. Little River Canyon is located on the mountain and is home to Little River, the longest flowing mountaintop river in the United States. The river is home to some of the country's best whitewater and DeSoto State Park, which is home to DeSoto Falls. Little River Canyon Little River Canyon National Preserve occupies 14,000 acres (57 km²) and protects the nations longest mountaintop river, the Little River. ... Little River may refer to: in Australia: Little River, Victoria. ...


Cherokee Rock Village

Cherokee Rock Village, also known as Little Rock City, is a rock-climbing mecca in western Cherokee County. It boasts many challenging climbs for beginner to expert climbers, and fantastic views of the Coosa River Basin.'


Noccalula Falls

Noccalula Falls is a 90 foot waterfall in Gadsden, Alabama. The falls is a part of the city park known as Noccalula Falls Park. The park also features a pioneer village, showcasing several 19th centruty homes. The Falls is located at the southern terminus of Lookout Mountain The Spirit of American Citizenship Monument on Rainbow Drive (US 411), just before the Broad Street Bridge. ...


Popular Culture

"Lookout Mountain" is a song by the Florence, Alabama-based alternative country/rock band Drive-By Truckers. Told in the first person, a modern, disenfranchised Southerner ruminates over suicide ("throw myself off Lookout Mountain") and the effect it might have on his estranged family. Florence is a city in Lauderdale County which is situated in the northwest corner of Alabama. ... the Drive-by Truckers are an increasingly popular southern rock/country band from Athens, Georgia. ...


Feuds

There is a sort of gentlemanly competition about which is the superior Mountain of the Chattanooga area; Lookout or the opposing Signal Mountain. Generally Lookout Mountain is held as the greater mountain because unlike Signal, it is actually a mountain, not a hill.


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Lookout Mountain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (987 words)
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.
Lookout Mountain was the scene of the Battle of Chattanooga during the American Civil War.
On November 23, 1863 the Battle Above the Clouds was fought on the slopes of Lookout Mountain.
Lookout Mountain, Northwest Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee (2258 words)
The roots of Lookout Mountain are in Alabama, some fifty miles to the south and west of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Lookout Mountain area (at least the area at the bottom of the mountain) was among the earliest settled in North Georgia and Tennessee.
Atop the mountain in Georgia, settlers who had won land in the 1832 Georgia Land Lottery began to claim it beginning in 1835, although the mountain would remain sparsely populate for most of the 19th century because of the difficulty in getting to the top.
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