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This is a list of all 16 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Tennessee. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1850 (suspension bridge)
Nashville and Edgefield, Tennessee, USA (Cumberland River)
Bridgemeister ID:33
Structurae ID:0007340
References:AAJ
Principals:Adolphus Heiman, Mathew Dickinson Field
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1862
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:538f
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1866 (suspension bridge)
Nashville and Edgefield, Tennessee, USA (Cumberland River)
Bridgemeister ID:1965
References:AAJ
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1884
Main cables:Wire

Notes
1918 Swinging
Old Hickory, Nashville vicinity and Hermitage, Tennessee, USA (Cumberland River)
Bridgemeister ID:587
References:AAJ, PTS2
Principals:William G. Grove, American Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:540f
Deck width:8f
Notes
  • According to the description at The Swinging Bridge (Dupont High School Alumni Association, article provided by Old Hickory Branch Library) this large bridge had a 540-foot main span and was used for vehicular traffic. "The suspension bridge... Was diverted from its original destination in South America because of the urgency of the war effort. It was built for pedestrian traffic and used only for that purpose at first... Upon determination that the bridge was capable of handling light traffic, a flagman was stationed at each end of the bridge on a 24-hour-a-day basis and cars began using the one-lane span." Kris Brummett adds: "The 540 foot span had no supports to prevent sideways movement and literally swayed back and forth. The bridge was used until 1929."
1945 TVA Apalachia
Reliance vicinity, Tennessee, USA (Hiwassee River)
Bridgemeister ID:790
Structurae ID:0011091
O'Donnell ID:103
Coordinates:N 35.18269 W 84.43894
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:395f
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell notes this footbridge is large, "its main span is 395 feet with 455 feet between the towers, as [one] tower is set back from the end of the deck."
  • Rebuilt 1975 and again in 2008.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Brian Lewis
1948 (footbridge)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA (South Chickamauga Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:248
Coordinates:N 34.99694 W 85.18442
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, July 16, 2000
Notes
1988 (footbridge)
Dayton, Tennessee, USA (Richland Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1263
O'Donnell ID:814
Coordinates:N 35.49 W 85.013667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photo by James Adorno
2001 (footbridge)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA (South Chickamauga Creek - Audobon Acres)
Bridgemeister ID:2513
O'Donnell ID:810
Coordinates:N 34.99694 W 85.18442
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:S & R Construction
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:125f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Bluff City, Tennessee, USA (South Fork Holston River)
Bridgemeister ID:2341
O'Donnell ID:817
Coordinates:N 36.47584 W 82.25487
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(footbridge)
Fort Pillow Historic Park, Tennessee, USA
Bridgemeister ID:2392
Coordinates:N 35.64206 W 89.83880
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
(pipeline bridge)
Burgess Falls, Sparta vicinity, Tennessee, USA (Falling Water River - Burgess Falls State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:2346
Use:Pipeline
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Likely constructed in 1920s as part of the dam and powerhouse project at Burgess Falls. There may have been two of these bridges at this location. The current map for Burgess Falls State Park shows two historical "pipeline bridges." I have only seen images of one derelict suspension bridge.
(pipeline bridge)
Charleston, Tennessee, USA (Hiwassee River)
Bridgemeister ID:2036
Principals:John A. Roebling's Sons Co., Pittsburgh Bridge & Iron Co.
Use:Pipeline
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Built to connect Blaw-Knox chemical plan to nearby Bowaters Southern Paper Corp. Described in Roebling ad in March 1963 issue of Civil Engineering.
(swinging bridge)
Kinzel Springs (Townsend), Tennessee, USA (Little River)
Bridgemeister ID:1138
O'Donnell ID:815
Coordinates:N 35.68701 W 83.79791
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • There are at least two swinging bridge locations at Townsend, Tennessee. There have been at least two bridges at this location known as Kinzel Springs (also Sunshine) at the western end of Townsend. This entry is for the present-day (2004) of the Kinzel Springs bridges.
(swinging bridge)
Kinzel Springs (Townsend), Tennessee, USA (Little River)
Bridgemeister ID:310
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • There are at least two swinging bridge locations at Townsend, Tennessee. There have been at least two bridges at this location known as Kinzel Springs (also Sunshine) at the western end of Townsend. This entry is for the older of the two Kinzel Springs bridges.
(swinging bridge)
Townsend, Tennessee, USA (Little River)
Bridgemeister ID:1139
O'Donnell ID:816
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • This is the droopier footbridge at the eastern end of Townsend, distinct from the bridge at the "Kinzel Springs" location on the western side of Townsend. Typically I omit these droopy footbridges, but I included it to avoid confusion with the other Townsend-area bridges.
Riverfront (Swinging)
Kingsport, Tennessee, USA (Holston River - Riverfront Park, Heritage Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1086
O'Donnell ID:385
Coordinates:N 36.550017 W 82.586383
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~240f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
TVA Ocoee 2
Ducktown vicinity, Tennessee, USA (Ocoee River)
Bridgemeister ID:791
O'Donnell ID:104
Coordinates:N 35.08295 W 84.4906
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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