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Chattanooga, TN haunted landmarks

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If you plan to travel to the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, be sure to stop off and visit these haunted landmarks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, was once the center of a bloody Civil War battle -- known as the 1863 "Battle Above the Clouds." The historic city has since become known for its year-round ghost tour, with numerous reports of ongoing paranormal activity. The Chattanooga area is also home to a few reportedly haunted landmarks, some of which were built in the early 1900s and are listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

The Sheraton Read House Hotel

The Read House, as it is named in the National Register of Historic Places, is a twice-built property that was initially constructed in 1847. At that time it was known as the Crutchfield House and owned by a family of the same name. Union soldiers occupied the house during the Civil War, and as the legend goes, one of them brought a prostitute there in 1863 and ended up killing her in Room 311. In 1867, the Read House burned down and was rebuilt in the 1920s, reopening in 1926 as a public hotel. Room 311 is said to be the most haunted, but guests have also reported seeing reflections of ghostly apparitions and glowing orbs in the hotel's ballroom, which still has its original mirrors and chandeliers.

Delta Queen Hotel

Built in 1926, the Delta Queen steamship was used to carry overnight passengers from Sacramento to San Francisco for its first 13 years. It then became military barracks, a training facility and transport for the troops until the end of World War II. The ship was refurbished and began cruising again in 1948 with new owners Captain Tom Greene and his wife Letha. Captain Tom died on the ship from a heart attack in 1950, and his wife was said to be devastated, putting the boat up for sale some years later. In 2009 the Delta Queen was brought to Chattanooga, turned into a hotel and docked at Coolidge Park across from downtown. Chattanooga ghost hunters have investigated the ship and photographed orbs and an illuminated figure in one of the cabins. Reports indicate that the apparitions could be Captain Tom or his wife Letha.

Hale's Bar Dam Powerhouse

In the town of Guild, about 20 minutes outside of Chattanooga, Hale's Bar Dam Powerhouse was built in the early 1900s. It is said to be the first hydroelectric dam built over flowing water, which in the world of the paranormal is thought to be a conductor for spirit manifestation. Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures and SyFy's Ghost Hunters have investigated this historic property, and at the time of publication tours are given by Ghost Hunter Chattanooga. Reported paranormal activity includes sightings of full-body apparitions, orbs and electronic voice phenomenon, or EVP's.

Chattanooga Ghost Tours

Named one of the top 10 ghost tours in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, Chattanooga Ghost Tours offers year-round walking tours of downtown Chattanooga and other districts. Tours take place rain or shine and begin at the historic Walnut Street Bridge on the downtown side. Tour guests visit locations such as the Read House, Delta Queen Hotel at Coolidge Park, Citizens Cemetery and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For an extra fee, tour guests can stop inside one of these haunted locations to perform an EVP or Ovilux X session, which allegedly allows ghosts to speak through supplied equipment.

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