Chattanooga; CHATT-UH-NOO-GA (n.): Derived from Tsatanugi, which in the Cherokee language means “rock coming to a point” or “end of the mountain.”
The name of our city comes from white settlers’ pronunciation + respelling of Tsatanugi, which sounded like chat-to-noo-gee or cha-ta-nu-ga.
“Rock coming to a point” references Lookout Mountain, a prominent piece of Chattanooga, both in the name + its history.
The local Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America purchased a ~92 acre piece of land in 1925 (in Hixson) and named it “Camp Tsatanugi.”
The area’s council operated Camp Tsatanugi as a summer camp from 1925 to 1950, with the exception of 1945. The property was sold in 1968 to the still-operating Highland Sportsman Club (1028 Camp Tsatanuga Rd.).
The Cherokee name is preserved in Camp Tsatanuga Road, which is near the old camp.
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