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Working Horses

  • Horse-drawn fire engine the Garnett Andrews in front of fire station in 1897

    Garnett Andrews horse-drawn fire engine

    City firemen took great pride in the turnout of the No. 3 engine, the “Garnett Andrews," and the matching pair of gray horses. The engine was obtained by the City of Chattanooga in 1892 from the Ahrens Company. In the driver’s seat is Thomas Kassinger and at the side of the engine, left to right, Capt. Alf Handman and George Pendergrass.

  • Horse-drawn fire engine the Garnett Andrews racing along McCallie Avenue around 1895

    Early steam fire engine of Chattanooga Fire department on McCallie Avenue

    Heads up! The Garnett Andrews fire engine races along McCallie Avenue to the scene of a blaze. The homes of Dr. Henry Berlin (110 McCallie) and Thomas H. Payne (108 McCallie) are in the background of this image from about 1895.

  • City patrolmen on horseback leading the Liberty Loan parade, April 6, 1918

    City patrolmen on horseback leading the Liberty Loan parade

    City Patrolmen leading the Liberty Loan Parade, April 6, 1918, to support the local effort to finance World War I. This image was taken on Market Street, between Seventh and Eight Streets, Capt. Joe Croft is on the right. An April 6, 1918 Chattanooga Times article reports, “This afternoon’s parade, while containing a military element in generous measures, will reach out and embrace every civic, fraternal, social and other factor which has been active in the war, and will accord them a larger measure of recognition than was the case last time.”

  • First motorized police vehicle posed with serval mounted officers in 1911

    Chattanooga Police officers on first motorized vehicle and on horseback

    Times eventually changed and horses were replaced with motorized transportation. This 1911 image shows one of the first motorized police vehicles in Chattanooga posed with several mounted officers. Identified left to right are: H. Minor, W. Turner, R.A. Tuner, Sr., Clarence Livingston, J.J. Irving, and W.C. Smith.

  • A 1949 exhibition photo of the Anheuser-Busch eight-horse hitch of Clydesdale horses.

    Clydesdale team of horses

    Heavier draft horse breeds, such as Clydesdales, were used to pull the big heavy loads. In the early days this eight-horse hitch represents the type of turnout possibly seen on Chattanooga streets and pulling loads up the mountains. This image is from an exhibition of the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales in Chattanooga on May 4, 1949.

  • Replica of horse-drawn streetcar in from of Hamilton National Bank during their 1939 50th anniversary celebration.

    Replica of old fashioned streetcar in front of Hamilton National Bank

    Methods of mass transit are an important issue in any cityscape. Before the electric streetcar came into use horses and mules pulled these early streetcars through Chattanooga’s streets. This image depicts a replica streetcar in front of the Broad Street side of the Hamilton National Bank during the bank’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1939. The rear entrance of the Rialto Theater can also be seen.