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Tennessee

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Choo Choo

The famous train can be visited at the Terminal Train Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nowadays it's a Holiday Inn Hotel (1400 Market Street) and you can stay in the train.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn's lobby, the former railroad terminal, contains the largest freestanding brick dome in the world. The interior height of the dome is 85 feet.

History

When Glenn Miller and his orchestra introduced the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" in 1941, the Tennessee city it referred to had been a railroad center for nearly a century.

Mack Gordon’s lyrics from the Academy Award-nominated song trace the progress of the "Choo-Choo" from New York’s Pennsylvania Station through Baltimore, the Carolinas, and into Track 29 of Chattanooga’s sprawling Terminal Station. Arriving passengers were greeted by the bustle, sounds, smells, and opulence of a grand building that was a tribute to the town’s importance as a southeastern transportation hub.

Around Terminal Station were miles of crisscrossing tracks, acres of rail yards, and dozens of buildings that housed the industries, restaurants, hotels, shops, offices, and people of a town that evolved as a direct result of the rail industry.

Railroads both influenced and reflected American settlement and development from the 1830s to the 1950s. In the cities, they shaped and stimulated economic growth, planning, and architecture.

Today, although railroads have lost much of their economic importance, evidence of their influence remains. Even in towns where trains no longer run, buildings, tracks, train beds, and place names attest to the enduring legacy of America’s rail history.

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Chattanooga is the 4th largest city in Tennessee. The population of the city of Chattanooga is 155,582.

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