The 2,376-foot-long Walnut Street Bridge, constructed between 1889 and 1891, was the first to connect Chattanooga, Tennessee's downtown with North Chattanooga (or North Shore). According to the Historic American Engineering Record, "The bridge was apparently the first non-military highway bridge across the Tennessee River." Streetcars formerly ran across the bridge, which was open to vehicle traffic until May 11, 1978. The bridge was the site of two lynchings, Alfred Blount on February 14, 1893, and Ed Johnson on March 19, 1906.
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