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Gay Street Bridge (Older)




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Lost Bridge over Tennessee River on Gay Street
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
Replaced by a new bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.95829, -83.91483   (decimal degrees)
35°57'30" N, 83°54'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/237119/3983250 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 62672 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2015: Updated by Bob Davis: Added category "Tennessee River" then called the Holston by many
  • August 26, 2014: Added by Dave King

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Gay Street Bridge (Older)
Posted November 16, 2020, by Bob Davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

the Maxwell wooden bridge here was opened to the public on October 13, 1873 per the Knoxville Daily Press & Herald newspaper

Gay Street Bridge (Older)
Posted July 12, 2015, by Bob Davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

The sketch shown here is of the wood superstructure bridge using eight piers that was completed in 1873 and was blown down by a strong wind on May 1, 1875. It was followed by the Saulpaw wooden Howe Truss Bridge opened in February of 1881. It remained in place until the current steel structure was opened circa 1897.

This is NOT the bridge built by the Federal Troops and civilians early in 1864 to support the forts south of the river. It had many piers and was so low that steamboats could not pass when the river was high. When the county took control of it, they put a draw in it to solve this commerce problem.

Gay Street Bridge (Older)
Posted June 12, 2015, by bob davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

The first public bridge across the river at Knoxville was constructed in 1864 by the Federal troops and civilians after the siege of Knoxville was abandoned by General Longstreet, CSA. That bridge was destroyed by the worst flood ever seen at Knoxville in March of 1867.