Center swing span
All photos June 29th 2005
Photo taken by Wayne Kizziar
BH Photo #113024
Original bridge was completed in 1884 by Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railroad. From the Shreveport Times July 1st 1884 issue “The railroad bridge across Red River is completed, except the painting and the finishing of the apron or wagon way on this side of the river. The under grade plate girder span, on the Shreveport side, is 60 feet. The through spans of which there are two, measuring each 262 feet 8 inches in length. The draw or pivot span is 300 feet and the last, which like the first, is 60 feet on the Bossier side, making 5 spans and a total length, according to these figures, given us yesterday, 925 feet 4 inches. The width of the bridge is 20 feet from centre to centre of trestle and the approaches are laid with Nicholson’s pavement [wood block pine pavers soaked in creosote]. The bridge has a double track wagon road and ample room for foot passengers.”
It was reconstructed in 1916 according to Eric J. Brock in his book "Shreveport in Vintage Postcards" and the undated photo there shows a bridge with flat top spans, not the arched top spans that show in a later post card.
Judging from the piers I'd say this is the second bridge built here, using the first bridge's supports.
I saw this bridge yesterday. Plaque says 1916. I will post pics later once i get them sorted.
I've read in a Bossier/Caddo Parish History book, that this bridge was built in 1884.