Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga

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Built in 1890, the Walnut Street Bridge was the first to connect Chattanooga, Tennessee's downtown with the North Shore. According to a plaque on the bridge, Edwin Thacher was the chief engineer for the bridge. The bridge's superstructure was assembled by the Smith Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio, which was a prolific late 19th-century bridge builder. The bridge's substructure was constructed by Neeley, Smith, and Company of Chattanooga. Most of the parts for the bridge were manufactured by Manly Jail Works of Dalton, Georgia and then shipped to the site by rail. The bridge's main spans are pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss spans. The top chord of these truss spans are configured in five sections, making the spans similar to the Camelback truss design. The bridge is historically significant as an extremely long and old example of its type; according to the Historic American Engineering Record: "The bridge was apparently the first non-military highway bridge across the Tennessee River."A former Union officer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, William Andrew Slayton (1854–1935) was the stone contractor. Slayton lived in a stone house at 533 Barton Avenue, the house known for years by later inhabitants as the location of the "Little Art Shop." It is not known if he built this house, but similarly to Washington Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge, he could overlook the project from his window. Many of the low stone walls in North Chattanooga are made up of the remnants of stones deemed too small for use in the piers. Subdivision plats in Chattanooga suggest that Slayton developed some areas to facilitate the hauling of materials from quarries in northeastern Alabama, and Slayton Street and Slayton Avenue are found near the current public library location on Broad Street. Slayton's obituary fails to note that there is no stone on his grave at Chattanooga Memorial near Red Bank, Tennessee.
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  • Walking the bridge is what my nine year old daughter wanted to do while we were in Chattanooga so we did it and loved being able to walk across this bridge. Wish we’d bicycles to ride across it.  more »
  • This is my second visit to Chattanoga for the 4th of July Fireworks on July 3rd. this is the best place to see them or in Coolidge Park.  more »
  • This is a nice walk the see the river and the boats. Places to sit to enjoy the view or just let your legs rest. Great for everyone young old and even four legged.  more »
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  • if you are visiting on business, staying at downtown hotel, this bridge is a great way to walk or run. Makes a great loop to walk one way across Walnut Street and come back via Veterans Bridge. Great views of Chattanooga and the river from Walnut Street Bridge. Not recommended for people with a fear of heights.
  • A great bridge to walk across. Do both ways. Love the dog at the end. Make sure to take your picture with him. Something to do that is free in the city.
  • Gorgeous bridge, very cold when we went. Lots of people walking and riding bikes. Would recommend to go during the day or when the sun is about to go down. Parking can become quite pricey (would recommend the day pass). Just be cautious of the weather when you go it can get a lot cooler on the bridge because of the water.
  • Great free attraction in Chattanooga. Everyone who visits this city should walk across this bridge both ways. I recommend early morning for a walk when it is less crowded, or holidays. Great views of the river. We walked it the morning of Thanksgiving day.
  • Love it here. Love to walk and you have people of all ages around it's very nice

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