Walking to the carousel, bus to the Civil War

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
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Trip End Apr 20, 2014

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Walnut Street Walking Bridge connects downtown Chattanooga with the North Side, an eclectic assortment of shops, dining, and entertainment. We started the morning with a half-mile walk across the bridge - wonderful views of the River. The bridge was built in 1890. It was restored and opened to walkers in 1988 and is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the U.S.

A short walk from the end of the bridge brought us to Coolidge Park and the carousel that Bud Ellis and his woodworker colleagues restored and continue to maintain. Bud was there to tell us all about it... and then we had a ride on the beautifully restored animals. The park itself was beautiful with fountains, flowering trees, a a walk along the river.

Returning to the hotel, Professor Richard McMurray gave us a comprehensive, very understandable overview of the Civil War and how the Battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga were turning points and allowed the "federals" to take over Chattanooga as an important supply depot and transportation hub.

We spent the afternoon at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park -- the nation's first military park. The park headquarters houses a small museum and we viewed a 28-minute film about the 1863 campaigns and battles. Many, many on both sides were wounded and/or died. We then drove through the battlefield, stopping at crucial locations so Richard could describe the actions and strategies of each side.

Dinner tonight was in the Station House of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, known for their Singing Waiters. It was a fun evening, a good almost-end to the program. We took the free electric trolley to and from dinner which gave us another view of the city.

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Peg on

Looks like your weather has been great with lots to see.

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