..retired trains @ the Choo Choo Hotel..
..these were hanging on the wall of jack daniel’s old office, must’ve been pretty important..
..parking’s not a problem here, lots of free space and everything’s walking distance away..
..aging piles of sugar maple wood, which is then burned afterwards and used to mellow jack daniel’s whiskey..
..the ship’s giant emblem(?)
..a small pool of water we passed by on our short hike to ruby falls..
..this was what’s waiting for us when we got to the end of the path, i set up my tripod and took a shot.. it was initially very dark, and then some funky light show illuminated the area and i ended up with this trippy SOOC shot..
..reframed shot of this one..
..not much people that time when i was shooting on the deck.. just the way i like it..
The Market Street Bridge, officially referred to as the John Ross Bridge, is a bascule bridge that spans the Tennessee River between downtown Chattanooga and the Northshore District. It carries North Market Street (formerly designated as U.S. Highway 127), and was named in honor of Cherokee Chief John Ross. The bridge was completed in 1917 at a cost of $1 million. In the mid 1970s, the southern terminus of US-127 was moved several miles north to the intersection of Dayton Boulevard and Signal Mountain Boulevard in the nearby suburb of Red Bank.
The bridge closed in 2005 for a renovation, but reopened on August 4, 2007, ahead of its originally scheduled September completion date.(wiki)
..even though we didn’t stay here, i was still able to roam around, explore and take photos..
..yep, a train station converted to a hotel..
Terminal Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a former railroad station, once owned and operated by the Southern Railway, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The station was opened in 1909 and was the latest and largest station in Chattanooga’s history. The original Chattanooga Union Station, built in 1858, (demolished in 1973) was outgrown by the rapid expansion in the railroad network serving Chattanooga. A second station, built in 1882, was outgrown in only six years. In 1888, an old freight depot was converted to a passenger facility, while three other depots handled commercial and industrial traffic.
As the railroad industry declined in the 1950s and 1960s, passenger traffic dwindled, and the last passenger train, The Birmingham Special, left Terminal Station in 1970. In 1972, local businessmen bought the building, renamed it the Chattanooga Choo Choo after the song, and began rehabilitating the building. Today, the 24-acre (97,000 m2) complex is a convention center, hotel and resort with restaurants and shops. Hotel guests can stay in half of a restored passenger railway car. Dining at the complex includes the Gardens restaurant in the Terminal Station itself (enclosed passenger loading platform), The Station House (which is housed in a former baggage storage, but on original building plans is designated as “Mail Sorting Facility”) and the “Dinner in the Diner” which is the complex’s fine dining venue, housed in a restored 1938 Class A dining car. Some parts of the complex are connected by a heritage streetcar line, operated by a 1924-built ex-New Orleans Perley Thomas trolley car.(wiki)
..view from the front part of the ship..
..the ship’s calliope..
A calliope Â is a musical instrument that produces sound by sending a gas, originally steam or more recently compressed air, through large whistles, originally locomotive whistles. (wiki)
..the bridge that was in yesterday’s background..
..view from the deck..
..one of those tours where tripods are permitted, this one was a cave roof shot while our guide was explaining something..
The bridge is a through arch bridge carrying Interstate 40 across the Mississippi River between West Memphis, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee. Memphians also call the bridge the “New Bridge”, as it is newer than the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge (carrying Interstate 55) downstream.
The bridge is named for 16th century Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto who explored this stretch of the Mississippi River, and died south of Memphis. His body was believed to have been buried in the Mississippi River after his death (although, according to legend, his body lay at the bottom of Lake Chicot in Arkansas, an oxbow lake of the Mississippi River about 130 miles south of Memphis.) (wiki)
..just some graffiti found on an alley around the north shore area..
..after a short hiatus, it’s back to regular programming.. i’m hitting the sack though, i’m pretty much worn out now.. 🙂
..view this in mono..