From horse-drawn streetcars to electric buses, steam dummy lines to incline railways, Chattanooga’s public transportation history is complex and colorful. If you have a passion for history and specifically transportation history, then be sure to check out Arcadia Publishing’s newest addition to their Images of America series, Chattanooga’s Transportation Heritage.
Author David H. Steinberg was born and raised in Chattanooga. In 1972, Steinberg manned the former New Orleans streetcar that to this day circumnavigates the company’s property. Although he has been a resident of New York City for the past 30 years, he has never lost interest in Chattanooga’s unique transportation history. Over the years, Steinberg slowly compiled enough photos and documentation to complete Arcadia Publishing’s newest addition.
This book depicts the many modes of transportation in Chattanooga throughout time, such as the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway still in operation today. If the history of transportation doesn’t spark your interest, the rarely seen historic photographs of the city, many of which come from the author’s private collection, are reason enough to give this book a look.
Chattanooga’s Transportation Heritage is available for purchase at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.