Train following tracks along river, headed toward center and toward viewer. House off to left, mountains in right background.
An important strategic location during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Lookout Mountain was the site of many battles. Soldiers who served in the area during the Civil War described the mountain’s great beauty and the area soon became a popular tourist destination. Sightseers traveled south on the railroad to Chattanooga and then rented a buggy for the four-hour ride up to the top of the lookout. A natural bridge and Lake Lula were also popular nearby attractions. Several railroads were built near Chattanooga during the 19th century including an incline railway up Lookout Mountain so that tourists could get to the top faster. Currier & Ives focused on the beautiful landscape of Tennessee and nestled the train in the valley showing its harmony with the surrounding nature.