Tuesday, April 12, 2016
This tunnel north of downtown Chattanooga carries TN 8 through the ridge, but used to carry US27.
Captain William Stringer owned the land here and built his cabin at the top of the ridge. A steep paved wagon road crossed the road, most of the road is still around but not drive-able. in the early 20th century, the city stopped at this point and the other side was wilderness. In 1908, Judge Wilder designated the tunnel should be built here, which was finished in 1911. The property on the other side became more valuable, causing more property tax revenue to be brought it to pay for the building of the tunnel.
This view has changed a little around 2008. The ridge above the entrance went much higher than it does now, as recent plans flattened this area for future development.