Guide to the Chattanooga, Tennessee Area Sepia Photographs (6), undated

Summary Information

Title: Chattanooga, Tennessee Area Sepia Photographs (6), undated
Collection: AC.1153
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection of cardstock sepia photographs consists of six 9-1/4"x 7-1/2" views of rivers, railroad tracks and bridges, and mountains around the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, undated.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Nickajack Cave is a large, partially flooded cave in Marion County, Tennessee, named after the Chickamauga Cherokee town of Nicojack, located between its mouth and the Tennessee River. The cave has been mined for saltpeter in the 1800's, has hosted tour groups from the 1870s to 1940s when it was partially flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority to create Nickajack Lake.

Today Nickajack Cave serves as a wildlife refuge, operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and is home to a Gray Bat colony of over 100,000, an endangered species.

Lookout Mountain is a mountain ridge located at the northwest corner of Georgia, the northeast corner of Alabama, and along the southern border of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Lookout Mountain was the scene of the "Last Battle of the Cherokees" during the Nickajack Expedition, which took place in the 18th century, as well as the November 24, 1863 Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War.

The mountain is close to Chattanooga, a city whose name means Lookout Mountain in the Creek Indian language.

The Flint River is a tributary to the Tennessee River that runs through North Alabama and central Tennessee. The Flint River watershed encompasses approximately 568 square miles, with the majority in Madison County, Alabama, and Lincoln County, Tennessee.

It is believed that the Crow Creek pictured is one in Stevenson, Alabama, one of the tributaries of the Tennessee River Blueway. Crow Creek (at least the navigable part) is contained within the Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area and the Crow Creek Waterfowl Refuge, both managed by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, totaling over 5,400 acres. The management area lies upstream from the Norfolk Southern Railroad and has waterfowl and other hunting. The waterfowl season consists of several periods between September and January. The refuge section, the area between the railroad and the Tennessee River, has no waterfowl hunting.

Scope and Contents

The sepia-colored photographs of views of areas around Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga, Tennessee portray an up and coming little village beside the Chattanooga and Tennessee Rivers, and a bevy of tourists at the entrance of Nickajack Cave, along with neatly laid railroad tracks with wooden light poles beside a lazy river at the base of Lookout Mountain. They are undated, but probably circa late 1800s to early 1900s.


All six photographs are filed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Appalachian Mountain Books in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1153: Chattanooga, Tennessee Area Sepia Photographs (6), W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.

Container List

Nickajack Cave Photograph, undated

Base of Lookout Moutain Photograph, undated

Tennessee River from the Base of Lookout Mountain Photograph, undated

Bridge across the Flint River Photograph, undated

Crow Creek Photograph, undated

View of the Chattanooga and Tennessee River Photograph, undated