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Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

During the railroad boom of the 1880's, speculators decided to develop a hotel on the mountaintop serviced by a narrow gauge railroad that would run up the mountain. A second, broad-gauge line and an earlier incline were also competing for passengers. On November 16, 1895 the railroad known today simply as "The Incline" opened, rising up the steepest part of Lookout Mountain. Built by John Crass and the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway Company this technical marvel boasted an incline of 72.7% at one point, making it the steepest passenger Incline in the world. By 1900 the success of this railway closed down all of its competitors.

Incline Railway website

Tennessee tourist operation

The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway operates cable-drawn railcars from the Chattanooga, Tennessee, neighborhood of St. Elmo, at the base of the mountain, to the summit -- "America's most amazing mile."

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