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Lookout Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Point Hotel

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
1. Point Hotel Marker
Inscription. Constructed here in the middle of the 1880s was a multi-storied Point Hotel. The top of the structure reached the top of the massive rock formation in front of you, so that hotel guests could obtain the same view as that afforded from the point of Lookout Mountain.

At that time the part of the mountain now known as Point Park was in private possession and visitors were charged admission. The property owners also had a contract with a Chattanooga livery company, and required that anyone wishing entrance to the point ride up the mountain from Chattanooga by this specified company. To make certain that visitors complied, shotgun wielding guards reportedly patrolled a barbed wire fence, which was erected near the present park entrance gate and stone wall.

Both the entrance requirements and the hotel were, however, short-lived. In 1898 the point of Lookout Mountain became a part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and about 1910 the Point Hotel was destroyed.
 
Erected by the National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 0.768′ N, 85° 20.625′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Point Park Road north of East Brow Road. Click for map
Point Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
2. Point Hotel Marker
. This historic marker is located just below Point Park, immediately below the Ochs Museum observation deck, on a trail that runs along the base of the Lookout Mountain palisades. Marker is in this post office area: Lookout Mountain TN 37350, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend (a few steps from this marker); 111th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Cobham's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Battle Above the Clouds (a few steps from this marker); Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Union Occupation of the Summit (within shouting distance of this marker); Lookout Valley and Browns Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is located between Point Park on the top of Lookout Mountain and the Cravens House about midway on the slopes of Lookout Mountain. To get to this historical marker requires walking from either Point Park, down a series of aluminum steps, and the marker is very near the base of the steps, or walking up a trail, up the slopes of Lookout Mountain, from the Cravens
Point Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
3. Point Hotel Marker
View, looking west, of the historical marker situated along a park trail that runs along the base of the Lookout Mountain palisades.
House.

Because I am in my sixties, and have two bad knees, I chose to use the steps, walking down and then back up from Point Park.
 
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Point Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
4. Point Hotel Marker
View, looking east, of the historical marker situated along a park trail that runs along the base of the Lookout Mountain palisades.
Point Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
5. Point Hotel Marker
Looking down to the base of the stairway that one would use to get to the historical marker from Point Park, at the top of Lookout Mountain.
Point Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 25, 2013
6. Point Hotel Marker
View looking down from the top of the stairway steps that one would use to get to the historical marker from Point Park, at the top of Lookout Mountain.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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