Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Chattanooga's First School

Marker ID: THC 2A 76
Location: at the intersection of Lookout Street and East Fifth Street, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 3.058    W 085° 18.381
  35.05096666    -85.30635
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMF1K


In 1835 a log structure near the corner of Fifth and Lookout Sts, served this area as schoolhouse, church, and community center. Community leaders met here in 1838 and selected "Chattanooga" as the name for the Future city.

The official act was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly on Dec. 20, 1839.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.