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Lookout Mountain, Tenn.: City Profile
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Sunday, March 25, 2012    |   
Market on the Mountain is a landmark on Lookout.
Market on the Mountain is a landmark on Lookout.
Photo by Jenna Walker.

"The mountain's greatest asset is its sense of community. It's a wonderful place to live."

— Mayor Greg Brown

Location: Eastern tip of Lookout Mountain, just west of downtown Chattanooga

Population: 1,894

Geographic area: Lookout Mountain is a nearly 100-mile-long extenuation of the Cumberland Plateau, south of the Tennessee River.

Date founded: 1890

Landmarks: Ruby Falls, one of the the nation's deepest caves and largest underground waterfalls accessible to the public, as well as the Incline, the world's steepest passenger railway.

Government: Greg Brown heads a town commission form of government. There are four other commissioners.

Unique characteristics: The median income for a household in the town is $100,782. The per capita income for the town is $60,938, the third highest in the state.

Schools: Lookout Mountain Elementary School is the only public Hamilton County school in the town.

Most famous residents: Adolph S. Ochs, whose first newspaper was the Chattanooga Times, went on to buy the then-failing New York Times, which he carried to great influence and prosperity. Jack Lupton, who succeeded his father, Cartter Lupton, as the owner of the world's largest Coca-Cola bottling company. Jack Lupton left a large legacy in Chattanooga as co-founder of the Tennessee Aquarium.

Best-kept secret: Natural Bridge Park, part of the town's earliest history, has rock formations and trails. The area was once was the site of a hotel and a nationally recognized spiritualist campground.

Fun fact: According to the late Chattanooga and Tennessee historian Zella Armstrong, the Creek Indian name for Lookout Mountain was Chat-a-nu-ga, meaning rock coming to a point or end of the mountain.