After an extensive refresh, Chattanooga's train station hotel changed its name from Choo Choo to The Chalet without losing its renowned railway nostalgia theme.
Chattanooga's Terminal Station was built in 1909, and its pretty brick-laden facade and arched windows were saved from a complete demolition with the help of a popular song.
The downturn of railway travel in the US after the Second World War, with the spread of automobiles and high-speed flying, forecasted a dark future for the railroad stations.
By the 1960s, there were so few passengers that the building's fate was decided, and its planned destruction was due in April 1973.
However, the 1941 song written by Mack Gordon, Chattanooga Choo Choo, was once again a big hit on the radio, and quick-witted business people saw great potential in using the brand for a hospitality endeavor.