Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Chattanooga Choo Choo

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Location: at the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel, 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 02.235    W 085° 18.384
  35.03725    -85.3064
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM85X


It was on March 5, 1880, that the first passenger train leaving Cincinnati for Chattanooga was nichnamed the "Chattanooga Choo-Choo."

This historical occasion opened the first major link in public transportation from the North to the South. The "Choo-Choo" was operated by the Cincinnati Southern Railroad, America's first municipal railway system.