Remember Chee Burger Chee Burger in Chattanooga - I had written about it before. It has the best hamburgers and milk shakes - EVER! More combinations then you have ever seen anywhere. This is where we went to lunch. I had a cherry - pistachio - chocolate shake = spumoni flavor.
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And now starts our tour of Chattanooga (complete with some animals).
This was right next to the Chattanooga Duck ride. Looks like a dump maybe from the outside, but ....
Mom and GS - getting ready for the ride - complete with a duck whistle (yes that might have been a mistake).
The tour guy asked for the tokens to show we paid. GS asked if he could keep his - nicely - and the man said sure. Hey if you don't ask you won't know!
These are a little bit out of order - but this is Ross's Landing - the first store in the area. Mr. Ross himself ran it. The president of the United States did not like the Indians and ordered them all out of the south. One and fifty Indians went to Washington DC and asked the president to change his mind. No. The Indians came back and asked Mr. Ross to become an honoree Indian Chief and ask the President to reconsider. He did but the answer again was no. So all the Indians were made to walk west. A good half of them died on their way and the walk was the walk of Tears - so these fountains - stand for Tears - as a remembrance.
Okay the houses on top of the hill - the rich old money houses. There were three ways they made their money - trains - tobacco - coke (yes coke). The first bottling plant was there!
And the song the Chattanooga Choo Choo - never existed persay.
Here is the grandson driving the boat! He did a great job and he was serious.
I look kind of grumpy in the picutre below, but I wasn't I was listening to our guide and looking. He told us that in 1969, the federal government declared that Chattanooga's air was the dirtiest in the nation. Their were over 100 factories dumping into the air and the river. The government took Chattanooga on and decided to clean it up. With the clean up - the factories started dying out until there were only 4 left. It was dying. Our guide told us that the Tennessee Aquarium singularly saved the city of Chattanooga. After it was build people came in droves. Restaurants were build. The river was built up and cleaned.
I have to tell you it's a nice little city now.
Duck Fights - another animal story - we saw some ducks out there - our guide told us that in his opinion ducks are the meanest animals he's ever met (I'm not sure that is true, but they are mean). So here's a picture and a video of a duck fight.
Now a little humor:
If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back. - Lois McMaster Bujold