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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.

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