published Sunday, March 27th, 2011

City Profile: Walden

A rural lifestyle attracts people to the town of Walden on Walden’s Ridge. The picking’s plentiful at the Mountain Opry, held every Friday to give talented local musicians a place to play.
A rural lifestyle attracts people to the town of Walden on Walden’s Ridge. The picking’s plentiful at the Mountain Opry, held every Friday to give talented local musicians a place to play.
Photo by Jenna Walker /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

* Population: 1,960.

* Geographic area: 3.6 square miles.

* Date founded: July 29, 1975.

* Landmarks or geographic features: The W Road, one of the earliest roads up Signal Mountain and noted for the w-shaped switchbacks at the top and bottom.

* Median income: $68,977.

* Unique characteristics: Several large property lots give Walden a rural atmosphere.

* Most famous residents: Adolf Ochs (March 12, 1858-April 8, 1935), former owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times, had a summer home in Walden.

* Historic info: Walden was incorporated when residents wanted more police protection than could be provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

* Schools: Nolan Elementary, Thrasher Elementary, Signal Mountain Middle and High schools.

* Best-kept secret: Walden is home to the Falling Water Falls, a small wilderness park and hiking area.

* Fun fact: One high-elevation point in Walden hosts an antenna farm transmitting two TV stations and two FM radio stations.

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