"Chattanooga is a young and thriving city and, with all the chances in her favor, her people are not to be discouraged by anything."
December 1, 2010 10:08 PM Subscribe
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In Chattanooga, early in the first week of March 1867, rains came, and did not stop for four days. It was not until March 14 that the floodwaters began to subside, and the city was left covered in mud and debris and nearly destroyed. More than a century later, archaeologist and UTC Professor Dr. Jeff Brown became fascinated by strange architectural features he was finding on some of Chattanooga’s downtown buildings.
Intrigued, Dr. Brown looked into these architectural oddities further—and what he eventually found was that the city of Chattanooga had been backfilled and lifted, from six feet at 9th Street to more than 20 feet at the north end of downtown. Strangely, the amazing feat was poorly documented.
The link is a tiny bit editorialized, but the pix and overall concept are intriguing. One expects cities like Venice and Rome to have living space lost to time and the elements, but not sleepy, comparatively youthful Chattanooga.