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LOAM - Black River Bridge


L&A - Black River Bridge

Lift bridge removed

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #289184

Street View 


A nearly identical bridge was designed and built by the same companies in 1914 to the west at Archie, which suggest a similar build date for this structure.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Black River on Louisiana Midland RR
Jonesville, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, and Concordia Parish, Louisiana
No longer exists
Operations ceased 1985 and likely scrapped at or around that time.
- Union Bridge & Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri
- Louisiana Midland Railway (LOAM)
- Louisiana and Arkansas Railway (LA)
Pratt through truss vertical lift
Also called
Louisiana Midland RR - Black River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.61822, -91.81589   (decimal degrees)
31°37'06" N, 91°48'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/612310/3498727 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jonesville South
Inventory number
BH 61917 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2017: New photo from Jeff Dubea
  • March 31, 2017: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • September 12, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • July 24, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added link to railfan site showing a Louisiana Midland train on the bridge
  • July 24, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler



LOAM - Black River Bridge
Posted December 9, 2019, by Brian Allison

Original Louisiana & Arkansas Rwy blue print of the black river bridge.

LOAM - Black River Bridge
Posted December 9, 2019, by Brian Allison

Roger Vidrine from Alexandria, LA purchased the Louisiana Midland in 1987 through a sheriff's sale. I'm uncertain if he removed the bridge or sold it to someone else to remove. The photo was taken at Jonesville, LA in 1988 during the scrapping of the railroad. LaMidlandrr@gmail.com

LOAM - Black River Bridge
Posted December 6, 2019, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another great photo, Brian! When / who removed the bridges here and at Archie?

LOAM - Black River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2019, by Brian Allison

On September 9, 1980, a cotton compress at Jonesville was burning cotton waste on the banks of the Black River when the fire got away and burned the pile approach to the bridge. At this time LOAM had already suspended rail service between Packton and Vidalia, LA. The bridge was never used again.

Photo taken March 11, 1988 by Louis Saillard

LOAM - Black River Bridge
Posted March 30, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Also, I think the coordinates are inaccurate for this former bridge. If you look at Google Earth, the old rail bed and the old piers are significantly north of where the marker is placed.

LOAM - Black River Bridge
Posted February 19, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As is the case west at little river, the piers still exist in the river.