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Streetcars of the Chattanooga Area
Incline Railways

Incline No. 1 passed under the Broad Gauge railroad twice as the latter took a much longer and less steep route up the mountain. As it neared the summit, the incline curved to the north towards the Point Hotel (top right). See 1895 map.

The upper end of Incline No. 1. The Point Hotel at the top of the photo.

Looking down Incline No. 1 toward the lower overpass of the Broad Gauge railroad and St. Elmo.

Incline No. 2. Sign on ticket office reads "Lookout Incline & Lula Lake Ry."

Incline No. 2 as seen in a 1900 view. It still exists; see the website of the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.

Photos above are from Selected Views : Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, National Cemetery, Mission Ridge (1900). Online at Internet Archive here. For a high-resolution zoomable photograph of Incline No. 2, see this page at DeepZoomChattanooga.

Incline railway on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Note the streetcar in front of the ticket office. (From: The World's Work, June 1907. Online at Internet Archive here).


The Point Hotel stood above the Cravens House on the north end of the mountain. The path of Incline No. 1 is on the left side of this image.

A zoomed-in view may show a rail car to the left of the hotel. (One end of the car is partly hidden by the hotel's lowest balcony.)

The two images directly above are from a c1902 black-and-white glass plate photograph (Lookout Mountain from the Tennessee River) at the Library of Congress here. For a high-resolution zoomable photograph of the Point Hotel, see this page at DeepZoomChattanooga. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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