Lookout Mountain, Ga.: City Profile

Lookout Mountain, Ga.: City Profile

March 25th, 2012 in Chattanooganow2012

Spencer Towns sleds down Massey Lane in Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Photo by Staff Report/Times Free Press.

"We still have a community where our kids walk to school and [back]. They ride their bikes. Every night there are kids skateboarding. I love it."

- Jimmy Campbell, resident

Location: On eastern tip of Look-out Mountain, just west of downtown

Size: Lookout Mountain is a nearly 100-mile-long extenuation of the Cumberland Plateau, south of the Tennessee River. The town of Lookout Mountain, Ga., adjoins the town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., just across the state line.

Population: 1,844

Date founded: 1969

Government: Bill Glascock heads a council-manager form of government. The town has five council members.

School: Fairyland Elementary School

Median household income: $80,574

Landmarks: Rock City, with its view of seven states

Best kept secret: A mile-long network of sidewalks and pathways around the city is almost complete after two years of work.

Fun fact: Paul Carter, founder of the original Fairyland community, came up with the idea of miniature golf. The world's first minature golf course, in the 1920s, was on what is now the upper Fairyland Club.

Most famous resident: Joe McGinness -- a two-time winner of the Boston Marathon (1978, 1979) in his age group, 60-plus, and a founding member of the Chattanooga Track Club. He also was one of the town's early mayors.