“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Shelby Street Bridge

Constructed 1909


— 2003 Rehabilitated —

Shelby Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By S. C. McCullough, April 14, 2019
1. Shelby Street Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Originally constructed in 1909, the Shelby Street Bridge reopened as a pedestrian-only bridge after an extensive renovation in 2003. Architecturally, the bridge was the first in North America utilizing concrete arched trusses, which have been reconstructed between 1st Avenue and the Cumberland River on the West bank.
Erected 2003.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureBridges & Viaducts.
Location. 36° 9.764′ N, 86° 46.284′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Surrender of Nashville East Bank of the Cumberland (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Demonbreum's Cave (about 700 feet away); Sampson W. Keeble (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel John Donelson (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel James Robertson (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Nashborough (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Richard Henderson
Shelby Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By S. C. McCullough, April 14, 2019
2. Shelby Street Bridge
Now known as the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.
(approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Fort Nashborough (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
<i>Construction of the Shelby Street Bridge, circa 1909</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo from the Charles W. Cook, Jr. Digital Images Collection(courtesy of the Nashville Public Lib.), 1909
3. Construction of the Shelby Street Bridge, circa 1909
"A view of the construction of the Sparkman Street Bridge, later renamed Shelby Street Bridge, built along the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. The original official name of the bridge was the Broadway Bridge. The bridge was completed in 1909, spanning the Cumberland River to link East Nashville to the downtown area. The construction of this bridge was considered very innovative, with concrete trusses making a new underneath support system. The Nashville Bridge Company was on the east side of the river. The Foster & Creighton Company were the contractors for the bridge (specifically Foster-Creighton-Gould Company), a family-owned construction company founded in Nashville circa 1885 by Wilbur Fisk Foster and Robert T. Creighton. In 1986, the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, the bridge reopened as a pedestrian walkway. The bridge was the first one in North America to have concrete arched trusses. Howard M. Jones, a railroad engineer, was employed by the county as its designer...."
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2019, by S. C. McCullough of Charlotte, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 30, 2019, by S. C. McCullough of Charlotte, North Carolina.   3. submitted on June 1, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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