10 things you may not know about Chattanooga

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DYK that Chattanooga has more climbing space than Boulder, CO? | Photo via NOOGAtoday

Sure, you know that the Chattanooga Market takes place every Sunday + that Lula Lake is only open to the public on the first and last weekends of the month, but DYK that we have more climbing space than Boulder, CO?

Here are 10 fast facts about the Scenic City:

🌙 | The world famous MoonPie was created at the Chattanooga Bakery in 1917. It was perfect for coal miners because they were filling, only cost 5 cents, and fit in a lunch pail. By 1929, hundreds were being boxed every day.

🚗 | Tow trucks were first created in Chattanooga in the 1910’s. A garage worker named Ernest Holmes Sr. was inspired to create the wrecker + lifting jib after he needed the help of 6 men to pull a car from a creek.

🥤 | In 1899, 2 Chattanooga lawyers, Benjamin F. Thomas + Joseph B. Whitehead, bought the Coca-Cola bottling rights for $1. They opened the first Coca-Cola bottling company at 17 Market Street.

⛳️ | The first patented mini golf course was created in Chattanooga in 1927 by Garnet Carter, a true fore-father. Carter was an inventor + the founder of Rock City Gardens, as well.

🌉 | The Walnut Street Bridge is 1 of the longest pedestrian bridges in the entire world, at 2,376 ft. long. It was built in 1891 + is the oldest surviving Camelback Truss Bridge.

🎢 | The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is one of the steepest passenger railway lines in the world at a 72.7% grade

💻 | Chattanooga was the first city in the world to provide gig internet speeds for its customers. EPB offers speeds of 1Gbps, while the average US download speed is 25.86Mbps.

🖼 | The Hunter Museum has 1 of the largest collections of American art in the country. The Hunter is a national model for how art museums transform their communities. 

📚 | Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park is the first + largest National Military Park in America.

⛰ | Chattanooga has more than 25 miles of rock climbing — that’s right, we have more climbing space than Boulder, Colorado.