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Posted November 23, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That would be the ole Bankhead highway.

R.H. Henry Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted November 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pardon the autocorrect typos. ***Though, not the whole***

R.H. Henry Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted November 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I field visited this bridge today but as I was trying to drive across the country in a hurry I did not have time to stop to document it.

I did want to report the whole that the bridge is still open to traffic with no signs of replacement. Hopefully Mississippi will preserve it as it is on the NRHP.

There are several smaller overflow bridges along this stretch of road which appear to have been built at roughly the same time as this bridge.

The road coming in from the east is extremely rough with lots of potholes. Take it slowly! The road from the west is in much better condition.

Posted October 27, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Luke, wish I was near enough for a quick visit, love to see underneath this one!

Posted October 27, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Has anyone found any more on this one?

Posted October 26, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Duplicate, other one has photos

Posted October 26, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

While we were all busy kicking the copyright football back and forth, Ms. Robinson did a field visit to a great bridge in Mississippi. I appreciate seeing the photos of it on here.

One interesting thing about this bridge is it has a Tennessee steel brand. This brand has been found on a few other bridges, so this is not the only example. That being said, I believe that this is one of the more uncommon nrands out there.

I'm glad to see some more Mississippi contributions on here. The state of Mississippi has not received as much coverage on here as some of the northeastern states. There are some great bridges in Mississippi that are well worth including on this website.

Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

More pics from a few weeks ago.

Enterprise Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Saved by utilities lol

Enterprise Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Saved by utilities lol

Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Is this bridge no longe standing?

Posted October 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is great news! I am glad that the landowner is taking care of it. It will be good to see some more Mississippi Bridges on here.

Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I went to this bridge a few weeks ago to find that a local farmer has cleaned around the bridge. I drove up to it and walked all around it. I also took pics. Will upload them soon.

Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge still stands and is open to traffic.

Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

All of the bridges built in 1938 in this bottom are being replaced now.

Tibbee Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted October 19, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a significant find. A great Pratt truss was some angled lattice portal bracing. This one might even be wrought iron. I would not be surprised if it is composed of both Wrought Iron and Steel.

It makes me want to go Bridgehunting in Mississippi. When I drove across Mississippi in November of 2014, the Fall colors were really beautiful.

Posted October 19, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, I am glad that the webmaster has weighed in. I will accept his decision whatever it turns out to be.

James, it is funny that you should mention the Whitewater river in Missouri. We had a very similar thing happened with the Whitewater River in Kansas. It has been known as both the Whitewater Creek and Whitewater River but the official name is now Whitewater River. To make matters more complicated there are various branches known as Whitewater Creek which join the main branches of the Whitewater River.

Posted October 18, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

This is a Pandora's Box for sure.

In 1972 the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided that this is the Little Tallahatchie River. Their documentation can be found on the USGS website here:

https://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/

Perform a search for "Tallahatchie" in Mississippi, drill down to the entry for Little Tallahatchie River, and then look for the "BGN Subject Folders" section. (It's not possible to link to the specific page due to the screwy design of their website.)

On the other hand, it's hard to argue against local usage. The fact that the road signs say "Tallahatchie River" at this bridge is very compelling. Likewise, the National Bridge Inventory, based on records provided by MDOT, seems to prefer Tallahatchie River for the entire river below Sardis Lake.

The BGN Principles, Policies, and Procedures manual states: "The underlying principle of the BGN for establishing official geographic names and their applications is recognition of present-day local usage or preferences."

https://geonames.usgs.gov/docs/DNC_PPP_DEC_2016_V.1.0.pdf

However, the BGN has had a long history of not always following that principle. Instead of standardizing names, they've sowed confusion by adopting positions that are clearly the opposite of local usage.

Consider, for example, the Pittsburg(h) fiasco:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_Pittsburgh

I'm particularly peeved about one of their decisions several years ago in Southeast Missouri to demote Whitewater River to "Upper Whitewater Creek" despite zero evidence that the stream has ever been called a "creek" throughout 200+ years of history.

Luckily for us we're under no obligation to follow every BGN decision. And how!

To complicate matters, this particular bridge sits at the transition point between the original river channel and the modern Panola Quitman Floodway, a man-made diversion channel labeled as such by the DeLorme atlas.

And then there's Google Maps, which consistently labels the entire river system as "Little Tallahatchie River" -- even those portions that most everyone, including the BGN, consider to be the main Tallahatchie River.

So, in a nutshell, it's complicated.

Posted October 18, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Dummyline Road running through Asa follows the alignment of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad according to the 1932 Sledge, MS quadrangle.

Posted October 18, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Dummy line was a term for some steam streetcars and interurbans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_dummy

And the old song:

https://blog.jimgrey.net/2008/12/12/on-the-dummy-line/

Posted October 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I noticed that too. I have not found anything definitive, but these are a couple of interesting links:

https://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/d032.html

https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=29196

Posted October 18, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'd like to know the story behind the naming of the nearby Dummyline Road!

Porter's Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted October 18, 2017, by Anonymous

"Unknown status", but nothing there so I would hazard a guess the bridge is lost

Posted October 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to Encyclopaedia Britanica, the river is also known as the Little Tallahatchie. Thus, I can see where there might be some confusion here.

As Luke pointed out, the variety of online maps do not agree on the name. That being said, we do want to have all information on here to be factual. If a few maps have the wrong river we still want to have the right river, or at least the most commonly accepted name. Bridgehunter has a special field for alternate name, and I think that we should use that special field for its intended purpose.

Based on my field visit, Tallahatchie seems to be the most common name. I crossed the river at two different locations, and at both crossings the name Tallahatchie was used. I have added a Google Streetview showing the sign with the river name as Tallahatchie. In addition, I have read several news reports about this bridge, and another one over the same river. All of these news reports use the name Tallahatchie instead of Little Tallahatchie.

For now, I have changed this listing back to its original name. Either way, I think that the Webmaster should make the call here - perhaps in consultation with our Mississippi Contributors. Those of us who are not from the area should defer to the locals and to the Webmaster on this one.

Posted October 17, 2017, by Luke

FWIW s topo map from 1965 also call this the Little Tallahatchie River, though those also spell streams wrong from time to time.

See: Worle Creek in Ames, Iowa.

Later topo maps and Google both misspell it as Worrell, when city documents/locals/older topos all use Worle.

Posted October 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I should mention that Google Maps seems to have erroneously labeled this river as the Little Tallahatchie. It is really the Tallahatchie. The Little Tallahatchie is to the West.

Posted October 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What an awesome bridge! I sure hope that it might ultimately be preserved. Mississippi seems to have some nice bridges. I certainly hope to do some more Bridgehunting in the South someday.

Posted October 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reading through news articles, I am seeing conflicting reports of repair vs replace. We might have to punt this one to the Mississippi contributors on here.

Posted October 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove over this bridge in November of 2014. There was no sign of construction here at all.

But...according to the June 2016 Google Streetview, trees are being cleared at both ends of the bridge. This one is being replaced. I don't know if it will be retained or demolished.

Posted September 14, 2017, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

Bridge was removed in late 2015 or early 2016.

Mahned Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted August 25, 2017, by Anonymous

Why no one has put the moody boys in this equation is beyond me. I went to school and was good friends with family of theirs. I was around them often. Kenneth loved the woods and on one occasion chased me, my brother and a cousin through the woods. They lived close to there and were very familiar and comfortable with those woods.

Posted July 13, 2017, by dmm simonton (dmmsj0 [at] hughes [dot] net)

This bridge has been replaced by a concrete bridge (I don't know types so can't classify) in the last couple of years. The road either side has also been regraded and resurfaced.

Posted June 22, 2017, by Zachary S

Assuming this is the same bridge as is being reported on by NWS Mobile, and I think it is, this span has sadly been claimed by high waters resulting from flooding left in Tropical Storm Cindy's wake.

Posted June 9, 2017, by Jason Hoffman (504roadtrips [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is in Rankin County, not Hinds County. There's a separate entry for it under Rankin County.

Posted March 27, 2017, by Rusty Pugh (rustypugh123 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I love that bridge, and always stop to walk around and look whenever I am in Vicksburg.

I crossed it in August of 1967 with my family; 5 of us packed into a brand new '67 Buick Wildcat, headed to visit relatives in El Paso.

I'll always remember it. It was early in the morning, and I was asleep in the back seat. My mom woke me up so I'd see the bridge. I remember still my dad talking about how narrow it was, and how the mirrors of trucks would hit when they passed.

In '67, parts of I-20 from Jackson to Vicksburg were open, but we still had to take old highway 80 through Vicksburg and across the river.

Posted February 11, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No signs of imminent replacement.

Gatesville Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 6, 2017, by David Upton (d [dot] upton54 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe, according to the 1908 Simpson County News newspaper article this bridge was built or started construction in 1908.

Posted January 11, 2017, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

It was operational into the 1950's (http://www.aboutgreenwoodms.com/yazoo.html).

Natchez Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted December 17, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The wife is equally tainted. Any time either of us see a bridge on TV, we holler "Iron Bridge". I Love It!!!

Natchez Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted December 17, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think I just viewed this bridge in a 2016 horror flick called "The Devil's Dolls". It was filmed in Mississippi.

Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm not sure, David. It's been a long time since I have been to it.

Posted October 14, 2016, by Glyn (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com )

Bridge opened for business yesterday afternoon.

Posted October 11, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I visited the bridge on October 7, 2016. It was still closed, but I spoke with a Mississippi DOT official who said the bridge would likely reopen sometime the following week.

Posted October 5, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Can one still walk to the old bridge?

Posted October 2, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Looks like 1920's-30's design.

Posted October 1, 2016, by Russell Wells (ratpack27 [at] twc [dot] com)

Definitely NOT 1932. Natchez Trace Parkway construction didn't get underway until the late '30s, and this four-lane section of what was then US 78 was completed in 1961.

Leaf River Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted September 7, 2016, by Jeremy trest (Jeremytrest914 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a picture of this bridge being built

Leaf River Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted September 7, 2016, by Jeremy trest (Jeremytrest914 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a picture of this bridge being built

Posted August 14, 2016, by patricia gillespie (patricia-gillespie [at] att [dot] net)

On Cooper Rd

Posted August 13, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Replacement bridge expect to be complete 2018 per MDOT website

Posted August 11, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Available for reuse, and therefore likely also at risk for demolition. http://www.copiahcountycourier.com/2016/07/08/historic-copia...

Stuckey's Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted August 5, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a great bridge. I crossed a couple bridges over the Tallahatchie near Oxford and Batesville on my one and only trip through Mississippi. Looks like I need to do some more Bridgehunting there.

Stuckey's Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted August 5, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

there must not be very many people who live on stuckey's bridge road.

Woodburn Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted August 5, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

another bridge saved by the utilities department.

Lamb-Fish Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted August 5, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

first one like it i have seen!

Posted July 2, 2016, by Don Morrison

It does appear to have been removed after the new bridge opened.

Also, Google now calls the waterway Miles Creek. Is it better to call it Miles Creek bridge, or name it after the town?

Posted June 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

looks like the bridge has been removed per google earth

Posted June 19, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

it's said that the road will remained closed until sometime in October.

Posted June 9, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the bridge crosses Boguefala Creek, not Bogueaba Creek.

Posted June 9, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i live very close to this bridge. Road 1310 is the old bankhead highway.

Ashwood Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted May 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton (cacher [at] mail [dot] com)

Attached photo I took in Sept. 13, 2014 of Ashwood Bridge plaque at south end of bridge.

Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

MDOT will be closing Hwy 178 East and West lanes for maintenance on this bridge. I believe one thing that is being done is painting the metal structure. It sure needs a fresh coat.

Posted May 18, 2016, by Larry (LC [dot] COUNTRY84 [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

Turn south on HWY 49 off of HWY 82 east of Greenwood. Turn right on HWY 512 after traveling approximately 5 miles on 49. HWY 512 will turn into old route 7 (bear left when you get to the river) go approximately 1 to 2 miles and you'll see the new concrete bridge with the plaque attached on the right side of the bridge (east end).

Posted April 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i don't see the old bridge on google earth. has it been demolished?

Posted April 16, 2016, by Linda (L2333bull [at] aol [dot] com)

So how would you get to the location of the Tallahatchie bridge from Greenwood. Directions, please. Thanks.

Posted March 24, 2016, by John Walker (john [dot] walkernc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You have its location as both Washington AND Humphreys County. It is in Humphreys and more than 50 miles from Washington.

Posted March 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

a photo of this bridge would be great.

Posted February 27, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is the same bridge that I added a while back.

Posted February 27, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

On closer examination it looks like the rail cars used were CSX rail cars.

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

a very nice looking bridge!

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i'm surprised this hasn't been demolished.

Posted February 26, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

By closely looking at the pictures again it looks like they did put flatbed rail cars on both sides of the bridge.Still it's a great idea.

Posted February 26, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I don't know if nobody noticed but they used flatbed rail cars for the entrance to the one side of the bridge.I don't know if they used the rail cars on the other side.Great idea.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

too bad it's not maintained

Tick Creek Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i believe it was bypassed.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

glad to see this bridge still in use.

Steens Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

another abandoned jewel because of the width and height i presume.

Walker Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 25, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Stream gauging station?I guess the description is what it is.I never heard of a stream gauging station.New to me.I just thought the outhouse comment was funny.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

thank you for adding this. i looked at all these bridges yesterday. i was afraid i would mess something up if i tried to add them.

Walker Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

as far as i know, it could be an outhouse! haha

Walker Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 24, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like a stream guaging station, although (currently) I don't see one listed on the NWS/USGS website. Closest one is here: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=meg&gage=f...

Walker Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 24, 2016, by GS

Might be a stream gauge installation. Looks like there's a solar panel mounted on the utility pole next to the building and a conduit coming out/going into the building near the bottom at the lower right. In Illinois they sometimes use what look like large diameter corrugated metal pipe culverts with roofs on them to house the gauge equipment. Some are also small buildings but I've never seen one made of wood.

Posted February 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hwy 178 between Dorsey and Interstate 22 (formally Hwy 78)

Walker Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 23, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What is that shack in pictures numbers 3&4 used for?Jokingly i would say it's an outhouse.

Moore Lake Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

very good photos!

Posted February 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

is this bridge on private property? google shows the road ending at a house.

Posted February 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I will have to make the trip to Columbus to see the bridge and of course eat at Ole Hickory!

Posted February 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

here is a photo of this bridge. the area is taken over by weeds and bushes. you can't drive to the bridge anymore. hwy 178, which is still in use, is to the north of this bridge and during the winter you can catch a glimpse of this bridge by looking south if you time it just right.

Posted February 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have seen, and driven on, this bridge and from all the pictures i have seen, i believe it is. although i'm not a bridge expert by any means. the road was the old bankhead highway which was the first all weather road running from washington dc to san diego california.

Walker Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes

Lucien Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted February 6, 2016, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

Thieves stealing the steel hand rails off this bridge with a cutting torch set the deck on fire twice. The first time in 2014 the local fire department was able to stop the fire before too much damage was done. Unfortunately they returned in 2015 and this time the deck was almost completely destroyed. On the positive side, now they don't have anything to stand on to try a third time.

The first time, it was believed to be two white males in a brown pickup truck.

Posted February 3, 2016, by Barry Kern (bkern77 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes that is the NS bridge. But, your river is incorrect. The bridge pictured is actually crossing the East Pearl River. Approx 8 miles west of this bridge is another River called the West Pearl River that has a larger railroad bridge crossing it.

Posted January 24, 2016, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

Replaced by new bridge in 2015 and removed

Posted January 24, 2016, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

Correct subject should be NTZR-Saint Catherine Creek bridge, not Melvin Bayou.

Bridge consists of three 100 foot riveted truss spans built in 1906 with a 74 foot ballast deck approach on the west end. This is Natchez Railway bridge 144.6. This bridge should not be confused with bridge 151.25 over the same creek.

Posted January 24, 2016, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

Two 100 foot through truss spans built in 1906. West approach passes over Davis Hill Road on 24 foot I-Beam span.

Posted January 24, 2016, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

This bridge consists of three 100 foot through truss spans constructed in 1906.

Posted January 24, 2016, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

This bridge consists of four 100 foot through truss spans built in 1906.

Posted January 24, 2016, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

The comments at the bottom have confused this bridge with another one farther to the west.

This is a 200 foot through truss bridge originally built in 1925 over the Pearl River on the Natchez, Columbia & Mobile Railroad. That line shut down in 1933 and the Mississippi Central disassembled the bridge and moved it to its current location

Posted January 13, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I do think that this bridge is older than the NBI listing. Someone look at it.....even the rails are falling off.

Posted January 13, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Help here: Is this an old Warren Pony Truss??