By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 10, 2022) – In Issue 2022-028 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we spin some vinyl (records) and honor the “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”.  


Remember the time before music downloads?  When one had to go to a store to purchase music on a physical record?   It wasn’t that long ago.

The first ever gold record, selling over one million copies, was presented to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra 80 years ago today.  It was for the single vinyl record, Chattanooga Choo Choo. (Click it to listen) 

Today a Gold Record title is awarded for 500,000 copies sold and Platinum is for one million sold.

When you are in the charming Tennessee town of Chattanooga, you can stay at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, located at a converted historic railroad station.

All aboard!

Here is Carey’s map of the Volunteer State from 1814.

Map of Tennessee – 1814 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.