The Swinging Bridge
The Narrows of the Harpeth Boxwell (1930-1948) had several neat attractions. In addition to the Narrows themselves, which made for a great lazy canoe trip, there was the Montgomery Bell tunnel, a Native American Mound builder site, and at least one local cave. It’s hard to understand why the Council ever let the property go, though now everyone can enjoy the area as a state park.
One of the less permanent attractions was a Swinging Bridge. The bridge was made of wire and wood and crossed the entire width of the Harpeth River. Indeed, the bridge was often a test of bravery among the Scouts: who would cross the river using the swinging bridge. And you can take our word on good authority: that bridge swang!
Pictured here is the Swinging Bridge at the Narrows of the Harpeth, complete with two boys crossing the river. The photo is a little fuzzy, but you can just imagine what an experience this must have been. The bridge is long gone now, but perhaps we could consider this an early version of COPE!