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Cincinnati Southern - Tenn Bridge

Photos 

Louis Edward Nollau glass plate negative collection. University of Kentucky

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BH Photo #478682

Map 

Description 

The construction of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad Bridge over the Tennessee River in 1877 finally connected the “Crescent City” with Chattanooga. “Tenn Bridge” as its called today, resides just downstream from Chickamauga Dam. The original structure suffered a disastrous failure on March 17, 1916 when a freight car load shifted on a passing freight train and struck the steel girders. Span #2 on the north side collapsed into the river along with several freight cars. These photos were taken during the massive clean up efforts to restore the bridge and recover the lost railroad cars.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Tennessee River
Location
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
History
Built 1877; Rebuilt 1917-20 after a span collapsed.
Railroad
- Cincinnati Southern Railway (CNTP)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.10435, -85.23320   (decimal degrees)
35°06'16" N, 85°13'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/661026/3886043 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90222 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2020: New photos from Ben Tate

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Sources 

  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com