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This is a single suspension bridge from my historical inventory of suspension bridges. Follow the Inventory link for more information about the inventory.
1918 Swinging
Old Hickory, Nashville vicinity and Hermitage, Tennessee, USA (Cumberland River)
Bridgemeister ID:587
References:AAJ, PTS2
Principals:William G. Grove, American Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:540f
Deck width:8f
Notes
  • According to the description at The Swinging Bridge (Dupont High School Alumni Association, article provided by Old Hickory Branch Library) this large bridge had a 540-foot main span and was used for vehicular traffic. "The suspension bridge... Was diverted from its original destination in South America because of the urgency of the war effort. It was built for pedestrian traffic and used only for that purpose at first... Upon determination that the bridge was capable of handling light traffic, a flagman was stationed at each end of the bridge on a 24-hour-a-day basis and cars began using the one-lane span." Kris Brummett adds: "The 540 foot span had no supports to prevent sideways movement and literally swayed back and forth. The bridge was used until 1929."

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