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Chattanooga Fun Facts!

  • Chattanooga has the world’s longest pedestrian bridge:
    • The Walnut Street Bridge
  • Chattanooga has the nation’s first and largest military park:
    • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • Chattanooga has the world’s steepest passenger railway line:
    • The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
  • Chattanooga has the world’s largest freshwater aquarium:
    • The Tennessee Aquarium
  • Chattanooga has the South’s largest collection of American art:
    • The Hunter Museum of Art
  • The Glen Miller Orchestra won the first gold record awarded by the music industry for a song about Chattanooga:
    • The Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • The world’s first franchised Coca-Cola bottling plant was built in Chattanooga by two local attorneys who bought the franchise bottling rights for $1 each.
  • More than 300 kinds of trees and 900 varities of wildflowers grow in the Chattanooga are, more than anywhere on earth, except central China.
  • Miniature gold was invented in 1926 on Lookout Mountain by Rock City Gardens founder Garnet Carter.
  • The Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn’s lobby, a former railroad terminal, contains the largest freestanding brick dome in the world.  The interior height of the dome is 85 feet.
  • A Chattanooga manufacturer was the first commercial maker of nylon hose in the 1939:
    • Davenport Hosiery Mills
  • Chattanooga has Tennessee’s largest mall:
    • Hamilton Place Mall
  • The Lookout Mountain Flight Park and Training School graduates more pilots annually than any other school in the world.
  • The highest overland bungee cord jump in the world is at Chattanooga Adventure Sports.  They also hold the record for the oldest person to ever take a jump.
  • The deepest commercial caverns in the United States are located on Lookout Mountain and are over 1,000 feet underground:
    • Ruby Falls
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