Chattanooga, the 4th largest city in Tennessee with over 155,000 residents, has its roots in Cherokee history. In 1776, Dragging Canoe and the Chickamauga settled here at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Then in 1816, John Ross, later elected Prinicipal Chief, established a trading post here and the spot soon became known as Ross’s Landing.
Signs of the city’s Cherokee past dot the riverfront. This statue rests on the grounds of the Tennessee Aquarium, where one can also find characters of the Cherokee syllabary and notable Cherokee quotes formed into the ground with concrete and stone.
In 2005, “The Passage,” the nation’s largest public art project celebrating Cherokee history and culture, was opened to the public. “The Passage” is a pedestrian link between downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River at Ross’s Landing.
Photos Copyright Christina Berry, All Things Cherokee
Ross Landing Travel Details
The site is open year-round.
Directions: Ross Landing is part of the Chattanooga Riverwalk, just north of the Tennessee Aquarium. For specific directions, click the “Directions” link in the location bubble of the map above and enter your starting location on the left.
GPS & Map: 35.056681828420594,-85.31070470809937