CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – A Chattanooga icon will officially be recognized at a historical landmark.
The Tennessee Historical Commission announced Friday that the Chief John Ross Bridge, perhaps better known as the Market Street Bridge, will be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The commission describes the bridge as an "engineering marvel" because of the size and the complexity of the bridge.
The Tennessee Historical Commission notes:
"Finished in 1917, a focal point of the steel and concrete bridge is the 310-foot bascule lift span that opens for river traffic. Ten deck girders and six concrete arches comprise the rest of the nearly 2,000-foot long bridge. The bridge was designed by Benjamin Davis of New York, with Ellis Soper of Chattanooga and W.C. Spiker of Atlanta serving as project engineers. The Vang Construction Company of Maryland did the concrete work and the Toledo Bridge and Crane Company was responsible for the bascule lift. When completed, the bridge was considered an engineering marvel due to its size and complex construction. Built at the height of the Good Roads Movement, which promoted local and interstate roads, the Market Street Bridge opened up North Chattanooga and was on several interstate routes, including the Dixie and Taft highways. "
The Chief John Ross Bridge is joined by seven other new additions to the list including: The Daugherty Furniture Building in Clinton, Doe Creek School in Henderson County, Cookeville's First Presbyterian Church, the Lebanon in the Forks Cemetery near Knoxville, Mivilla in Knoxville, the Municipal Public Works Garage Industrial District in Nashville, and Stone Hall in Davidson County.
"These listings highlight some of the diverse places that tell the story of Tennessee's unique history," said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. "Our office is proud of its role in ensuring recognition of these time-honored places that help give Tennesseans a sense of pride in their communities."