Day 40: The Choo Choo Hotel – Chattanooga

by Jeff

All Aboard!

Choo Choo Historic Hotel - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

Choo Choo Historic Hotel - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The Choo Choo Hotel in the center of the city on Market Street should be considered when visiting Chattanooga on business, vacation or as a large group or gathering. Today the Tennessee Harley Riders were pouring in for a HOG Rally.

The Main Lobby of The Choo Choo Hotel

The Main Lobby of The Choo Choo Hotel

The hustle and bustle of passengers coming and going at this former train station has been replaced by tourists and visitors to the Scenic City from all over the world.

The impressive dome of the original terminal

The impressive dome of the original terminal - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The accommodations are plush with standard rooms, suites and the opportunity to stay in one of several restored Victorian Train Cars.

Fully Restored Victorian Train Car

Fully Restored Victorian Train Car

The Choo Choo is a resort of sorts with recreation, several restaurants, lounge, retail shopping and convention facilities. The center city location is great for walking to restaurants and shopping downtown or on the Southside or stop by The Terminal Brewhouse next door. Walk to the Plaza Parties on Thursday or Nightfall on Friday’s at Miller Plaza.

Destination ChattanoogaAndBeyond!

Destination ChattanoogaAndBeyond!

The Terminal Station was erected in 1908, with its centerpiece – a magnificent dome – that rose majestically over the concourse. Built of steel and concrete and buttressed by huge brick arches, the dome rested on four steel supports 75 feet apart.

Pardon me boy...is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo

Pardon me boy...is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo

The first train pulled into the station on December 1, 1909. The depot grew to serve nearly 50 passenger trains a day and over the years, the Chattanooga terminal greeted Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt.

The first Chattanooga Choo Choo Train was Cincinnati Southern Railroad’s small wood burning steam locomotive, now completely refurbished, she is the only engine of her kind now in the city.

Click for a great rendition of Chattanooga Choo Choo

Click for a great rendition of Chattanooga Choo Choo

If you missed The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Choo Choo on May 29 as part of the “100 Year” celebration, click the picture for a great video clip of The Chattanooga Choo Choo!

Celebrating 100 Years!

Celebrating 100 Years!

The Choo Choo Hotel is again bustling with activity in many ways still serving as the “Gateway to Chattanooga.”

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