City Profile: Ridgeside

City Profile: Ridgeside

March 27th, 2011 in Chattanooganow2011

Stately homes on Hilldale Drive add to Ridgeside's charm.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

* Population: 400.

* Geographic area: Located in the middle of Chattanooga, in the Brainerd area.

* Date founded: 1925.

* Landmarks or geographic features: Located on the side of Missionary Ridge.

* Median income: $88,996.

* Unique characteristics: Christmas candlelighting, community picnics.

* Most famous residents, past and present: Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, religious broadcaster Ben Haden.

* History: Ridgeside was established in 1925 as Chattanooga was annexing and expanding its borders. Residents of the town wanted to keep their own identity. The town is now surrounded by Chattanooga.

* Schools: None.

* Best-kept secret: Wonderful walking areas.

* Fun fact: Ridgeside, once upon a time, was a dairy farm. It is the only chartered city within Chattanooga.