Hotels of the Gilded Age
SOURCE: Library of Congress Digital Archives
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The Gilded Age produced many apparent glamorous hotels and Chattanooga was no exception. Two competing hotels rose and fell on a similar trajectory over time. Each suffered financial viability issues. What made these unique was the additional effort and engineering feats put forth to get customers to them. Two incline railways were built to service them, as well as other attractions at the top of Lookout Mountain. A few decades earlier the same bluffs were host to the famous 'Battle above the Clouds' in the American Civil War.
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