L&A - Black River Bridge
Lift bridge removed
Photo taken by Douglas Butler
BH Photo #289184
Original Louisiana & Arkansas Rwy blue print of the black river bridge.
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
Another great photo, Brian! When / who removed the bridges here and at Archie?
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
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.
As is the case west at little river, the piers still exist in the river.