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Ruby Falls,Chattanooga,Tennessee

A 145-foot underground waterfall is the main draw of this guided cave tour with gift shops & cafes.

Ruby Falls,Chattanooga,Tennessee
FORDF250HDXLT, Dec 23, 2016
      Tennessee became the sixteenth state in 1796. At that time Native American lands made up about three-fourths of the region, including the Chattanooga area. Ross's Landing was established in 1816 as a trading post on the banks of the Tennessee River by Chief John Ross, leader of the Cherokee nation. Chattanooga became a center of education and culture for the Native Americans when the Brainerd Mission was created in 1817. Hamilton County was established in 1819 on land north of the Tennessee River. With the Cherokee removal in 1838, the county expanded south of the river to encompass Ross's Landing.

      Cherokee removal was part of the 1837–1838 episode known as the "Trail of Tears," one of the most shameful events in American history. As the result of a treaty from a disputed land sale, the Cherokee were driven from their homes in several southeastern states and were assembled at various camps, including Ross's Landing, for expulsion to Oklahoma. Forced on a harsh journey through wilderness and bad weather, more than one-half of the 16,000 Native Americans died along the way or upon arrival, largely because of the strenuous trip.

      Chattanooga: History - Native Americans Displaced by Early Settlers

      Lookout Mountain is a mountain ridge located at the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Georgia, the northeast corner of Alabama, and along the Tennessee state line in 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.

      A branch of Cherokee Native Americans lived in Chattanooga, the Chickamauga people. The Chickamauga called the mountain Chat-a-nu-ga; hence the name of the city. Research suggests the mountain was inhabited, although no physical evidence has been found. On top of the mountain, the pattern of boulders suggest lanes or walls were once there.[11]

      Lookout Mountain - Wikipedia

      In 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a breathtaking waterfall located over 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby, and opened the area as a public attraction in 1930. Today, Ruby Falls welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Come tour the falls for yourself and see why it has been one of the best Chattanooga attractions for over 85 years.

      Ruby Falls Cave, unlike Lookout Mountain Cave, had no natural openings and could not be entered until the 20th Century; it therefore does not have the various artifacts which are often associated with caves in the southeastern United States.

      The cave which houses Ruby Falls was formed with the formation of Lookout Mountain. About 200 to 240 million years ago (in the Carboniferous period, at the end of the Paleozoic ERA) the eastern Tennessee area was covered with a shallow sea, the sediments of which eventually formed limestone rock.[3] About 200 million years ago, this area was uplifted and subsequent erosion has created the current topography.

      Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison co wrote a song with the title "See Ruby Fall," in the mid to late 1960s, a reference to the barn roof advertising slogan "See Ruby Falls," ubiqitous throughout the southern United States in the mid 20th Century.

      Ruby Falls - Wikipedia

      Ruby Falls: Chattanooga Attractions

      This was a very cool tour down into a cave with a massive waterfall.You walk into the dark room where you can hear but not see the falls.The tour guide shuts the lights off behind you,lights up the falls with colored lights and it's just spectacular.
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