It provided the perfect scenic view of the winding Tennessee River and enough “danger” to be a popular tourist attraction.

Umbrella Rock drew thousands of annual visitors to Chattanooga each year. Guests seized an opportunity to have a photo made on what appeared to be a treacherous, floating rock overlooking a dramatic ledge.

A photo-based article from Mashable published Monday highlights several of those photographs. They were taken at locations near Point Lookout and Umbrella Rock on Lookout Mountain between 1863 and 1940.


The photos-made available by Chattanooga history organizationPicnooga-offer a glimpse of “80 years of photo opportunities on Umbrella Rock.”

Click here to view the photos.

Although Umbrella Rock is not accessible for potential photographers now-a gate blocks entry-guests can still visit the location atop Lookout Mountain via the Point Park Trailhead.

Sixteen photos were released as part of the collection. Picnooga has provided with three additional photos for publication. The photos are from a separate collection from the Chattanooga History Center.

Of particular interest with these photos is one depicting performers and organizers of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus as they visited Chattanooga. Carl Hagenbeck was a merchant of wild animals for European zoos and, eventually, a supplier to P.T. Barnum.

Hagenbeck sold his circus to Benjamin Wallace, an animal trainer from Indiana. Wallace created the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, which became among the largest traveling circuses between 1907 and 1938.