Ross's Landing Park, Chattanooga

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Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the site of the original settlement of Chattanooga and is considered to be the embarkation point of the Cherokee removal on the Trail of Tears. Ross's Landing Riverfront Park memorializes the location, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryThe landing was named for John Ross, later principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. In 1816 Ross settled at the site along the Tennessee River above Chattanooga Creek. There he established a trading post on the northern border of the Cherokee Nation, across the river from the United States of America. This area became known as "Ross's Warehouse," and "Ross's Ferry" (and alternatively, "Ross's Landing"). It was known to those passing through the area to have the best conditions for a river flatboat crossing. Ross operated a swing ferry across the river that was anchored on McClellan Island.In 1826 Ross sold his land to a Methodist minister, Nicholas Dalton Scales, in order to move to Georgia to be closer to the political center of the Cherokee Nation.When the United States government took over all the Cherokee owned lands in 1837, the "Removal" to Indian Territory began—known as the "Trail of Tears"—during which the Cherokee in several southeastern states were driven from their homes. Groups of the natives were staged at various camps, including east of Ross's Landing, for their coming expulsion west. On June 6, 1838, over 1500 Cherokee departed from Ross’s Landing in steamboats and barges. A final group of Cherokee left in the Fall of 1838, forced to walk due to the falling levels of water in the river caused by a drought. The westward march of the Cherokee claimed several hundred lives, including Ross' wife, Quatie.
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  • Went downtown and were fortunate to find The American Queen steamboat preparing for a journey. Quite the unique treat.  more »
  • Enjoyed watching the rowing events on the river this weekend. It is a beautiful area with places to sit and nice walkways.  more »
  • We took a leisurely stroll to Ross's Landing Park after dinner. The sights and sounds are awesome. Great photo opportunities too!  more »
  • Took the kid to the waterfront. No events were happening but he had a great time. It's a nice area and I imagine that concerts are awesome here, especially at night. Oh! The kid walked on water... From far away it is mind blowing but there's a trick to it. Visit and have fun.
  • This is a fun park. No bathroom. Paid parking. Needs some repairs, the rock wall has some lose holds. Right next to the boat, they have a bathroom you can use.
  • One of my favorite places in Chattanooga. Love the free concerts here! Great spot for the 4th of July fireworks. Gotta check it out if you are visiting town.
  • Went down around 8 PM. Enjoyed it THOUROLY! Light light's were great and the riverview was NICE! Felt totally safe!
  • Whether you are there for a concert, Riverbend, or just for a picnic. There is plenty to do visit the southern belle, walk along the waterfront, listen to music. There is plenty of parking accessible across the road. Come on out and enjoy the beautiful Ross Landing.
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