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Walden
Sunday, March 31, 2013    |   

Location: Just north of the town of Signal Mountain on Walden’s Ridge.

Size: 3.6 square miles.

Population: 2,120.

Founded: July 29, 1975.

Government: The town is governed by a mayor, David Epperson, and two town aldermen, William Trohanis and Peter Hetzler.

Schools: Nolan and Thrasher elementaries, Signal Mountain Middle/High school.

Attraction: Property lots filled with trees and breathtaking views draw residents who want a home in a rural atmosphere.

Fun fact: Walden is home to Falling Water Falls, a 132-acre natural area that is named for a 110-foot waterfall that drops over sandstone on the Cumberland Plateau and descends into the Falling Water Gorge. The park and hiking area are 10 miles north of downtown Chattanooga. The park has diverse plant life including a population of federally endangered large flowered skullcap, according to the state’s Department of Environment and Conservation website.

Famous resident: Adolph Ochs (1858-1935), former owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times, owned a summer home in Walden.

“We are a small community. [There are] friendly, outgoing people. It’s a great place to raise a family.”

— William Trohanis