Sunday, 27 July 2008
Posted by Neugier

I like bridges!
Our family enjoys walking and hiking.
Today, my husband and I walked across our first of many bridges, Gay Street Bridge.

The Knox County Courthouse was built in 1885. New wings were added to each side of the courthouse in July of 1919.

Gay Street Bridge is Knoxville's Oldest Bridge,and was built in 1897. It opened to traffic on July 9, 1898 and was the fifth bridge to span the Tennessee River at this location. The current bridge was designed by Charles E. Fowler, who was with the Youngstown (Ohio) Bridge Company and is a steel arched cantilevered design.

Two facts I learned today:

1. A Viaduct and a Bridge are terms that can be used interchangeably.
2.Gay Street was originally 12 feet lower than it is today.