raccoon-mountain

This afternoon, we went to Raccoon Mountain Caverns, which is located outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. As we were waiting for our tour to start, I had just happened to find this old cable car sitting off to the side next to a building where you can get yourself equipped for the Wild Tour. I don’t know anything about it, other than it’s been sitting there for a long time. The only thing I can figure is that the cable car used to go up the side of Raccoon Mountain to other attractions at some point in time.

October 27th, 1863 (Siege of Chattanooga).

Hooker is apparently not a team player with Grant any more than he was with Rosecrans.


Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.
BRIDGEPORT, October 27, 1863-6.30 a.m.

Troops are now just moving out for Shellmound and Raccoon Mountain. No evidence to show that the rebels will oppose the undertaking. Hooker came here from Stevenson last night. He is in an unfortunate state of mind for one who has to co-operate, fault finding, criticizing, dissatisfied. No doubt the chaos of Rosecrans’ administration is as bad as he describes, but he is quite as truculent toward the plan he is now to execute as toward the importance and confusion of the old regime.

[C. A. DANA.]

This is the outside of the cable car that we had found near the main building which housed the entrance to Raccoon Caverns in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m not sure why this is still sitting there. Regrettably, even I thought this was an eyesore. I’d hate to know what its original color scheme used to be.

Bless my new camera’s heart, but it really tried its best when it came to us going on the tour inside of Raccoon Mountain Caverns. I used this setting called “low light”, which captures scenes where there is a lack of natural lighting. Most of the pictures were a little murky, but that’s to be expected from taking pictures of a poorly lit cave. Raccoon Mountain Caverns is more often than not referred to as the “Crystal Palace”.

The tour, while brief, was enjoyable. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the cave and he even stopped long enough to allow us to take pictures. You see, there were only 5 people in our tour group–my parents and I, along with a young couple. It’s rather unfortunate that the rest of the cave can only be seen via Wild Tour. Apparently, they host “ghost tours” in the evening, but a price was never mentioned. I kind of would like to go on a ghost tour of the cave, to be honest.

Pictured here is the Mirror Room.

Before I post anymore photos of our trip to the Biltmore Estate, I’ll share a handful from last week when we were paying a visit to Raccoon Mountain. I know some of my followers are probably going, “Archer’s sold out. She’s not been posting urbex photos in a while.” Truthfully, I won’t be posting any new urbex photos until it gets cooler outside. We had just happened upon this find while waiting for our tour of Raccoon Caverns to start.

Raccoon Mountain is located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to some of the signs I had seen scattered about the area, the reason for its namesake is due to its odd shape. It’s claimed that if you were to fly above Raccoon Mountain in a plane or helicopter, then you will see that it is shaped like a sleeping raccoon. I’m not making that up.

It was silent that day on Raccoon Mountain, save for the occasional rumble from 4 wheelers in the distance. The main building where the cave entrance was located looked as if it were pulled from a European town. The other buildings appeared to be closed for the day. We seen a little shack where you could pan for gold and a building next door to it where you could prepare for the Wild Tour in the cave. Truth be told, I thought this place was abandoned. There were remains of log cabin themed furniture that had been toppled over outside of the Wild Tour building. In front of the broken furniture, we found the remains of this small cable car that had been discarded years before.

Because I am not from Chattanooga, I have no idea what the story behind this cable car is. Obviously, this cable car was used at some point on Raccoon Mountain, possibly to transport visitors from one attraction to the next.