Launched in 2014 as ‘Deep Zoom Chattanooga’, this site is a free public portal to rarely accessible historic resources.
Many individuals and organizations have generously shared privately owned photos, documents, and maps so they may be viewable here.
The Tennessee Historical Commission for digital preservation.
Search by keywords across the entire website.
Crystal Clear Views from the 1890s
1889 Plat Maps of Chattanooga fully digitized
The Chattanoogan who transformed journalism
1914 Plat Book of Chattanooga and Vicinity
Forgotten Picnic Grounds
Recreated view from Cameron Hill's Original Elevation
No appointment necessary. This is where history truly becomes accessible to all and searchable today.
Whether photos are donated or loaned to digitize, full credit is given to those who share.
People and places are identified. Lost information and stories are re-told.
"Sam's ability to bring Chattanooga’s history alive in print and digitally and then to deliver that history to local news outlets and to community events, has generated support from families and businesses who now share their Chattanooga histories and stories with a global internet audience."
TN Historical Commissionvia Facebook, May 2021
In 1816, brothers John and Lewis Ross established the settlement of Ross’s Landing with a trading post, warehouse, and ferry landing. December 20, 1839, the Tennessee General Assembly incorporated the Town of Chattanooga.
Chattanooga Tennessee and surrounding areas share a rich history; from settlement, war, boom times, decline, and renaissance. In a tragic irony, it’s also one of the largest cities in the United States without a local history museum*. The reasons are complicated but are not for a lack of public interest. Curated collections and donated photos remain mostly inaccessible and out of reach by the public. Our heritage is 'on hold'.
*Based on 2017 Census Bureau MSAs populations between 500K-1M. Defined as a publicly accessible venue featuring local area history without a niche focus on ethnicity, age, industry, or art. VIEW CHART OF MARKETS HERE
30,000+ pages of Chattanooga newspapers have been digitized for public access.
Newspapers.com: (PAID) now has over 700,000 pages of historic Chattanooga papers!
Fulton History: Search over 51,685,714 historical newspaper pages from the USA & Canada at: (an unusual design but an incredible resource.)
Walker County (GA) Messenger: is part of the The Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive, a project of the Digital Library of Georgia.