Chattanooga, TN doesn’t seem like a city that would have and something beneath it. It is a small, Southern city. However, beneath the streets of Chattanooga, there is a forgotten, haunted city. In March of 1867, the city of Chattanooga was completely flooded. The city streets were totally submerged and everything grinded to a halt. In order to get from one building to the next, residents and tourists had to travel by boat. This was a disaster on an epic scale, dozens of people died, livestock was lost and homes drifted away in the water. It was a catastrophe and during these times there was no help. Residents had to wait it out and pray that none of their loved ones vanished with the constantly moving waters. This wasn’t the first time Chattanooga had flooded. The city had flooded two times prior and residents were desperate for a solution.
According to Chattanooga writer, Cody Maxwell, sometime during this disaster the city came up with the idea of raising the streets of the city. It seems that the flooded and waterlogged citizens decided that if they just raised half the city streets up 20ft it would take care of the flooding because the water would be under the streets. Not only did they imagine this idea, they did it. All of this was very poorly documented and it wasn’t until one gentleman noticed that the top parts of windows and doors were sticking out of the street that anyone remembered that a large portion of Chattanooga was under the street. Twenty feet beneath Market street there is an entire city waiting to be discovered.
This underground city is a regular stop on the Chattanooga ghost walk. According to the Chattanooga Ghost Tours owner, Amy Petulla, there is an entire city of ghosts under the streets of Chattanooga buried beneath the roads like part of the lost city. Amy Petulla regularly takes groups to parts of the underground to tell them about the haunted history of the city. She says that this is the most haunted part of the city and visitors have claimed to have been pushed, bitten, and grabbed in Underground Chattanooga.
Amy wrote a book about the ghosts of Chattanooga called, Haunted Chattanooga, and many of her terrifying stories of the things that happen beneath the streets can be found there.