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Walnut Street Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Six-span through truss bridge over the Tennessee River on Walnut Street in Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1889-91
- Edwin Thatcher of New York City, New York
- Neely Smith & Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
From south to north:
Two pin-connected, 10-panel Pennsylvania through trusses, each 210 feet long
Three pin-connected, 16-panel Pennsylvania through trusses, each 320 feet long
One pin-connected, 10-panel Pennsylvania through truss, 210 feet long
Wrought-iron curved viaduct, 780 feet long
Length of largest span: 320.0 ft.
Total length: 2,370.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.05817, -85.30729   (decimal degrees)
35°03'29" N, 85°18'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/654360/3880803 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 90000300 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 32555 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2017: New photos from Matt Dunmore
  • May 4, 2017: New photos from Chris Simmons
  • May 3, 2017: New photos from Chris Simmons
  • November 30, 2016: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • November 27, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Wrought Iron"
  • April 8, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 2, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added Google Street View
  • August 21, 2006: Posted all new photos


  • James Adorno
  • HAER TN-11 - Walnut Street Bridge
  • Wikipedia
  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER TN-11 - Walnut Street Bridge, Spanning Tennessee River at Market Street, Chattanooga, Hamilton, TN
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Chris Simmons - atlanta_bulldog_red [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matt Dunmore


Walnut Street Bridge
Posted December 18, 2014, by Alan Walker (awalker1829 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was found unsafe for vehicular traffic and stood abandoned and unused for more than twenty years, despite repeated petitions by the Coast Guard to either repair it or remove it. Community interest in preserving this bridge led the City of Chattanooga to include the restoration of the bridge as a key part of the Tennessee Riverpark. Most folks today do not realize how close we came to losing this bridge.

Walnut Street Bridge
Posted April 5, 2007, by Anonymous

This bridge is a popular spot for college students from UTC as well as Lee University who are looking for a romantic setting for a walk with a date.