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Real Photograph Chattanooga TN Incline Railroad up Lookout Mountain Real Photo Circa 1930 by Photographer Signed WM Cline 3 and 5 8ths by 2 and a half printed on Velox Photo Paper 1 by UpNorth Memories - Donald (Don) Harrison, via Flickr

Real Photograph Chattanooga TN Incline Railroad up Lookout Mountain Real Photo Circa 1930 by Photographer Signed WM Cline 3 and 5 8ths by 2 and a half printed on Velox Photo Paper 1 by UpNorth Memories - Donald (Don) Harrison, via Flickr

Leo Lambert formed a corporation to re-open the Lookout Mountain Cave as a tourist attraction after having visited the cave on many occasions as a boy.  Here the investors gather to start the drilling of an elevator shaft to reach the old cave that was intersected by the RR tunnel in 1909.

Leo Lambert formed a corporation to re-open the Lookout Mountain Cave as a tourist attraction after having visited the cave on many occasions as a boy. Here the investors gather to start the drilling of an elevator shaft to reach the old cave that was intersected by the RR tunnel in 1909.

A few months later, the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway began operations from St. Elmo up to the northern point of the mountain. Using cables to pull 24-passenger cars up slopes as steep as 33 degrees, the 4,360-ft railway terminated at the Point Hotel. From there, one could travel on a narrow-gauge steam line that ran along the western cliffs to Sunset Rock and later to Natural Bridge. Both the incline and the narrow-gauge (known as the Mount Lookout Railroad) opened in early 1887.

A few months later, the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway began operations from St. Elmo up to the northern point of the mountain. Using cables to pull 24-passenger cars up slopes as steep as 33 degrees, the 4,360-ft railway terminated at the Point Hotel. From there, one could travel on a narrow-gauge steam line that ran along the western cliffs to Sunset Rock and later to Natural Bridge. Both the incline and the narrow-gauge (known as the Mount Lookout Railroad) opened in early 1887.

With its odd shape, square on the western corners but rounded on the side overlooking Chattanooga, some considered the building a "monstrosity."

With its odd shape, square on the western corners but rounded on the side overlooking Chattanooga, some considered the building a "monstrosity."

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