The History of the Lookout Valley Community


Richard Alexander McKeel


I would like to dedicate this book to two people. The first is my Grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Jackson Tucker whose family has been out here since John Brown. Me-Maw, “I love you very much and you have always been the best grandmother anyone could ever ask for.”

The second is Mr. David Crawford who was my high school history teacher. Mr. Crawford, “Thank you so much for giving me the love of history, for being a great teacher, and a great mentor.”


About the Author

Richard Alexander McKeel was born on February 18, 1976 , in Chattanooga , Tennessee . Raised in Lookout Valley where I heard many of the fascinating stories of the past of our community. He attended Valley View Elementary School and Lookout Valley Middle/High School where he graduated in 1995. Received the “Outstanding History Student” at Chattanooga State Technical Community College; he is now attending the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga campus, where I am is studying to obtain a degree in history education.  In 2003, I was chosen to be the chairman of the Environmental and history chairman of the Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association.

Thank You

            As you took the time to read this little book you have revisited the history of Lookout Valley from its origins, as the home of Chief Wauhatchie to the present day. Lookout Valley is still an interesting place to live that is surrounded in history and mystery. Around five thousand people call this area home and the history of Lookout Valley is being written. So if you live in our community keep an eye out, you may see the next installment of the book. If you do not live in the area I would personally like to thank you for taking the time to learn about our little community. Also, may our Lord continue to bless you and your family, as he has done for mine .




Many of the photos for this book are from the Hamilton County Bicentennial Library Photo Data Base.


Newspaper Articles:

Armstrong, Zella. “Cherokee Chieftain Came Into Region Seeking Protection” Chattanooga News Free Press 16, November 1954


Fort, Louis. “Brown’s Tavern Peaceful Following Strenuous Past” Chattanooga News Free Press12, April 1953



Livingwood, James. Chattanooga ’s Story Copyright 1980


Covan, Gilbert and Livingwood, James. The Chattanooga Country “Tomahawks to TVA” Copyright 1981


The History of Wauhatchie United Methodist Church given to myself by Reverend Kenneth Bailey.


Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church History Books One & Two


Lookout Valley Baptist Church 1928-1976


Truitt, Joyce. Lookout Valley Primitive Baptist Church 1800-1975



Boydston, Buddy. January 2003


Fryar, Shirley Tucker. May 2003

Thompson, Nettie. May 2003


Tinker, Dan February 2003


Tucker, Sara Jackson March 2003


Skidmore, Irene Parker July 2003


Jr. Jolley, Harmon August 2004




Richard Alexander McKeel

Copyright © 2004