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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Tenn Span: 1907

Tenn Span: 1907

1907. "County bridge, Tennessee River, Chattanooga." The Walnut Street Bridge, now a "linear park" for pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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The "Walking Bridge"

Folks around here affectionately call it the "walking bridge". It was closed to traffic in the late 70s, and there was some thought to demolishing it, but thankfully it was saved and became one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges. It connects downtown to the popular North Shore area.

Also, the columned mansion on the bluff is still around, as the Hunter Museum of American Art (albeit with a modern addition).

It looks much the same today thanks to brilliant restoration

This great bridge was slated for demolition in the early 80s when some far-sighted Chattanoogans sold the city and state on restoration as a linear park. Planks were sold for $100 each and it became a key part of Chattanooga's downtown rebirth. It is now part of the amazing 17-mile Tennessee Riverwalk.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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