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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  • Amazing place to hang out with friends and plenty of great coffee shops, ice cream shops and restaurants within walking distance. They have multiple events in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee every year and the Walnut Street walking bridge is always packed with people enjoying the music and views that this bridge has to offer. Also, I like the fact that they have bike rentals on either ends of the bridge so always nice to ride across it.
  • Loved seeing this bridge at night, the lights reflecting off the water were romantic. It was a beautiful place to walk around and enjoy a night out.
  • The Walnut Street Bridge is an easy walk or bike ride across the Tennessee River. There are no cars or trucks so it is quiet and peaceful. The approach on the south side includes stairs unless you start at the art museum. The bridge is a great place to see the city with great views up and down the river.. The north end terminates right at restaurants, shopping and a park.
  • Wow! What an asset to the runners and bikers of Chattanooga! And so much fun to be had on either side of the bridge. Great neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, and shops to enjoy. Love me some Downtown Chattanooga!
  • Absolutely love the people, the vibe, the scenery. A great downtown get away feel. Great for biking, kids, dogs, a run, a date, watching fireworks, everything. The ONLY thing is that people tend to be a bit inconsiderate, not cleaning up after their dogs, leaving trash, spilled ice cream, etc. It's beautiful, just watch where you step.

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