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 a large beech tree on the south side of the creek with the carved initials of most of the town.
In the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) improved a road from the ford
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 to the dogs run. There was always an argument as to where the dogs were and whose dog was in front. Many lies were told, some whiskey was drunk and boys learned from their elders how to become
Life in Ringgold was uncomplicated. It was a good place to grow up.
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). Touch for map. This marker is located at the southern end of Depot Street, in a small community park, along the north side of South Chickamauga Creek. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Depot Street, Ringgold GA 30736, United States of America.
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); Western & Atlantic Depot (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringgold.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 4, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.