Native American History 

In 1816, Ross’s Landing was established along Chattanooga’s riverfront by John Ross, a Chief of the Cherokee Indians. With the organization of Hamilton County in 1819, Ross’s Landing served not only the Cherokee trade center but also as a convenient business center for the county. In 1838, Cherokee parties left from Ross’s Landing for the West on what became known as the Trail of Tears.  

Today, the area encompasses four acres surrounding the Tennessee Aquarium and overlooking the Tennessee River and scenic landscapes. You’ll find green spaces, a playground, a pier, and The Passage, an area where people can play in water cascading down steps alongside six-foot clay medallions set into the wall representing specific aspects of the Cherokee tribes’ history. 

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Native American History in Chattanooga: A Trail of Tears

When’s the last time a walk took you back 12,000 years? Exploring Native American History in Chattanooga allows you to do just that, as well as observe the starting point of the Trail of Tears, gaze into the ancient Blue Hole Spring, and picnic in the same spot where Native Americans first...

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