Stokes Panorama Shows Early Scene At Highland Park, Bushtown, Horse Track At Forerunner Of Warner Park

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sam Hall's Deep Zoom technique has brought out new details of an early Will Stokes panoramic scene that shows the current Central Avenue in the foreground and the Highland Park and Bushtown communities to the rear.

The scene also shows a train approaching Third Street (then known as Harrison Avenue), the tall monuments on Orchard Knob, and a horse racing track at the future Warner Park.

John Wilson, who edited the Remarkable Stokes Collection, said, "I was never able to figure out this location from just the photo itself, though I often wondered. When you are able to zoom in, it becomes apparent that the houses are on Central Avenue (then known as East End Avenue) and you are looking at the communities of Bushtown and Highland Park about the turn of the century.

One of the frame houses shown in the foreground still stands at 604 Central Ave.

Jim Ogden, Chickamauga Park historian, says, considering the monuments visible at Orchard Knob, the photo dates to the late summer or fall, 1899, at the earliest and and no later than summer or fall of 1902.

This was just above where Andrews Field opened in 1911 and was later replaced by Engel Stadium.

McCallie Avenue is shown at the right side of the photo as it leads toward Missionary Ridge.

The horse racing track that was at Olympia Park is in the center with a tall board fence that is dotted with early billboards. One is for Dr. Harter's Iron Tonic and another for the New European Hotel.

The route of the first railroad into Chattanooga - the Western and Atlantic - is clearly seen. A train is on the track north of Third. The main line from Knoxville and from Cincinnati crossed Third and McCallie at grade. Viaducts were later built at both locations as well as at Bailey Avenue. Bailey at this time did not connect with 9th Street. It ended just above the Belt Line.

This Belt Line track can be seen further east just beyond Olympia Park.

National Cemetery is at the far right of the photo.

Some handsome Highland Park homes are shown on the hill above the cemetery.

A business district is along McCallie near the Belt Line.

There is a handsome two-story house that can be seen some distance north of Third Street.

The panorama shows the heights of Missionary Ridge with a few homes visible and with some large cleared areas on the side.

Mr. Hall is making some more of the Stokes photos available on Deep Zoom thanks to owner Connie Jones. 

Remaining copies of the Stokes book are available at Zarzour's Restaurant on the Southside behind Fire Hall #1. There are also copies of Railroads In and Around Chattanooga as well as Paul Hiener's Historic Photos.

Here is the link to the Deep Zoom Stokes photo:

http://deepzoomchattanooga.com/eastward.php

 

 

 

See the attached............late summer or fall, 1899, at the earliest I'd say and and no later than summer or fall of 1902
See the attached............late summer or fall, 1899, at the earliest I'd say and and no later than summer or fall of 1902

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Cleveland, Tn., Couple Sues Chattanooga Police Officer They Say Rear-Ended Them

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Feb. 21-27


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BALLANGER, LATANYA MICHELLE 3800 PROVIDENCE APT 8 CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT ... (click for more)

A Cleveland, Tn., couple has sued a Chattanooga Police officer, saying that Mark Pollard rear-ended them on Shallowford Road on April 27, 2019. Jeffrey and Rachel Lovingood are also suing ... (click for more)

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Feb. 21-27: 02-21-2020 Robert Michael Flowers, 27, 304 Amherst Street, Fort Oglethorpe arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of ... (click for more)




Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BALLANGER, LATANYA MICHELLE 3800 PROVIDENCE APT 8 CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT OF PROPERTY UNDER 1000 ---- BATES, KENNETH DEE WAYNE 3118 WHEELER AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37406 Age at Arrest: 23 years old Arresting Agency: Red Bank Booked for Previous Charges or ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Tn., Couple Sues Chattanooga Police Officer They Say Rear-Ended Them

A Cleveland, Tn., couple has sued a Chattanooga Police officer, saying that Mark Pollard rear-ended them on Shallowford Road on April 27, 2019. Jeffrey and Rachel Lovingood are also suing the city of Chattanooga in the complaint that asks $300,000 in compensatory damages. The Hamilton County Circuit Court suit says the couple was stopped for traffic in their 2017 Toyota Highlander ... (click for more)

Opinion

Good Urban Design

Chattanooga is enjoying a robust movement to plan developments in a number of downtown neighborhoods, and there is good reason to believe that well designed development should be welcomed. The opposite is also true, that bad or poorly designed development should not be welcomed, especially if it seriously degrades the existing neighborhood. In the case of a sought after rezoning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

At a recent self-help workshop for adult trauma victims, the main group was split into teams of eight for lunch. Each table was assigned a question, “What was your worst moment in your comeback?” At our table, everyone laughed about each other’s life-changing event but a beautiful girl, who had been a surgeon before a rare eye disease quickly took her sight, was dazzling. Currently, ... (click for more)

Sports

Hoops Central: Lady Vols Close Out Regular Season At Auburn On Sunday

Tennessee (19-9, 9-6 SEC) closes out the regular season on the road, taking on the Auburn Tigers (10-16, 4-11 SEC) in their Senior Day game on Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m. CT (3:05 ET). This will mark the first meeting of 2019-20 between the Lady Vols and AU, who stand tied for fifth and in 12th, respectively, in the SEC standings entering ... (click for more)

Lady Vols Prevail Over Ole Miss, 77-66, On Senior Night

The Lady Vols prevailed over an upset-minded Ole Miss team on Thursday, taking a 77-66 win on Senior Night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Junior Rennia Davis was Tennessee's (19-9, 9-6 SEC) high scorer, recording her 28th career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Tamari Key and sophomore Rae Burrell were also in double figures, with Key scoring a career high ... (click for more)