Sunday, May 4, 2014

2014 Trip to Lookout Mountain.

1864 view from atop Lookout Mountain from Wikipedia

John Morgan always took visitors, family,and missionaries up to Lookout Mountain when they were new to the Tennessee, Georgia area. He must have liked going up there himself. Last November’s Faith to Persevere; the Southern StatesMission, 1875-1898 lecture by Heather Seferovich featured some inviting pictures and showed missionaries sitting on the edge of an incredible rock precipice.

Two weeks ago spring break found our family visiting Georgia. With the help of friends we were able to visit Lookout Mountain and other areas great Grandfather Morgan wrote of in his journal.

Lookout Mountain, along with Sand Mountain to the southwest, makes up a large portion of the southernmost end of the Cumberland Plateau. The summit, called “High Point”, is located just east of Thompsonville in Walker County, Georgia, and has an elevation of 2,392 feet above sea level. The foothills of the mountain extend into Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. 

Looking north from the top of Lookout Mountain over Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Moccasin Bend.
In 1886 John Morgan, his wife Mellie, and brother William Spry visited here.

November 12
Woke at 5:30 a.m. Raining hard. Took train at 6:25 a.m. and came to Chattanooga. Arrived at 10:35 and found quite an amount of mail awaiting me.

November 13

Started at 9:30 a.m. in company with Mellie and brother [William] Spry and drove to top of Lookout Mountain. Visited Rock City, Natural Bridge, Sunset Rock, and Grand View. Had dinner at the Hermitage and returned to the city at dark. Attended the Salvation Army Meeting for an hour.

 This large monument at the center of Point Park is the New York Peace Memorial. Atop its shaft a Union and a Confederate soldier shake hands under one flag, signifying peace and brotherly love.
Artillery batteries mark a segment of the siege lines that once encircled Chattanooga.
(To be continued.)


  1. I know I am going to enjoy all of your posts about your trip. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is wonderful, Bessie. What an amazing experience to get to visit some of these places.

  3. Bessie, My name is Michael Houghtaling. I am a descendant of the Haynies and Bagwells who were baptized in Haywood Valley by John Morgan in 1876/1877. I just discovered your blog, and wept as I discovered new information from your posts about your travels here to Georgia. I live south of Atlanta - how can I contact you to get more info?! My email is mikehoho at aol dot com.

  4. How nice to hear from you Michael, a descendant of my great grandfather John Morgan's friends, the Haynies and Bagwells. I'm pleased you found something here of interest. I will contact you with my contact information.