Chattanooga group explores local history

Ryan Lowery visits the grave of Joe Engel, professional baseball player and former owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts, in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Did you know that Desmond T. Doss, the combat medic who inspired the film "Hacksaw Ridge," is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery? Or that Adolph Ochs owned The Chattanooga Times before going on to purchase The New York Times?

Ryan Lowery knows such stories of the city's history, sharing those and more with fellow residents curious enough to ask. The Hixson resident is the founder of Chattanooga History Hunters, a club that meets monthly to explore historic and haunted sites around Chattanooga.

"Chattanooga is one of those cities that is like a sleeping giant waiting to be discovered," Lowery said.

Lowery had long had an interest in history, but it was a ghost tour of Hales Bar Dam that inspired him to start the club in 2013. The site is considered by many to be haunted and has been the subject of several paranormal investigations.