Ringgold in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Swinging Bridge was constructed of two parallel cables tied to supports on each side of the creek. Wooden boards were placed across these cables. Two additional cables were swung about three feet above the first for use as handrails. On the original bridge, periodic wooden supports connected the cables above with the cables below and kept the handrails from swinging too far out the side. During a flood a floating tree seriously damaged the bridge. Thereafter, small cables connected the cables above with cables below. Steps were provided on each side of the creek. Some may remember
In the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) improved a road from the ford at Swinging Bridge, around the north side of Taylor's Ridge and then down the east side of the mountain to the Dedmon Cemetery. About eight families lived along the road. One family remains but all signs of the other homesteads have since disappeared except for the roses and daffodils.
The Swinging Bridge became Ringgold's first city park. It provided something for everyone. Families would gather here on Sunday afternoon after church to picnic on the grass, gossip and exchange the news of the town. It was also a good time to lean against a tree with a good book or take an afternoon nap while the children played with those of other families.
There was a swimming hole below the bridge with a rope swing. Most anyone could turn a backward flip off the swing but a forward flip took nerve. The fishing was good. The kids threw mud balls at each other, swam, fished and swung on the bridge. Young people met, paired up and decided who would become the future young families of the town.
In the evening the bridge provided access to Taylor's Ridge and hundreds of acres of forest for fox and coon hunting. Hunters would build their fires on top of the mountain and listen
Life in Ringgold was uncomplicated. It was a good place to grow up.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 54.512′ N, 85° 6.26′ W. Marker is in Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Depot Street south of Nashville Street (U.S. 41). This marker is located at the southern end of Depot Street, in a small community park, along the north side of South Chickamauga Creek. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Depot Street, Ringgold GA 30736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ireland's New York Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Atlanta Campaign (about 600 feet away); General Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Atlanta Campaign (about 600 feet away); Ringgold Gap (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Ringgold Gap (about 600 feet away); Confederate General Patrick Cleburne's Emancipation Proposal (about 600 feet away); The Great Locomotive Chase (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringgold.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 535 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 4, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.