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.
No signs of imminent replacement.
I believe, according to the 1908 Simpson County News newspaper article this bridge was built or started construction in 1908.
It was operational into the 1950's (http://www.aboutgreenwoodms.com/yazoo.html).
The wife is equally tainted. Any time either of us see a bridge on TV, we holler "Iron Bridge". I Love It!!!
I think I just viewed this bridge in a 2016 horror flick called "The Devil's Dolls". It was filmed in Mississippi.
I'm not sure, David. It's been a long time since I have been to it.
Bridge opened for business yesterday afternoon.
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.
Can one still walk to the old bridge?
Looks like 1920's-30's design.
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.
This is a picture of this bridge being built
This is a picture of this bridge being built
On Cooper Rd
Replacement bridge expect to be complete 2018 per MDOT website
Available for reuse, and therefore likely also at risk for demolition. http://www.copiahcountycourier.com/2016/07/08/historic-copia...
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.
there must not be very many people who live on stuckey's bridge road.
another bridge saved by the utilities department.
first one like it i have seen!
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?
looks like the bridge has been removed per google earth
it's said that the road will remained closed until sometime in October.
the bridge crosses Boguefala Creek, not Bogueaba Creek.
i live very close to this bridge. Road 1310 is the old bankhead highway.
Attached photo I took in Sept. 13, 2014 of Ashwood Bridge plaque at south end of bridge.
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.
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).
i don't see the old bridge on google earth. has it been demolished?
So how would you get to the location of the Tallahatchie bridge from Greenwood. Directions, please. Thanks.
You have its location as both Washington AND Humphreys County. It is in Humphreys and more than 50 miles from Washington.
a photo of this bridge would be great.
This bridge is the same bridge that I added a while back.
On closer examination it looks like the rail cars used were CSX rail cars.
a very nice looking bridge!
i'm surprised this hasn't been demolished.
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.
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.
too bad it's not maintained
i believe it was bypassed.
glad to see this bridge still in use.
another abandoned jewel because of the width and height i presume.
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.
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.
as far as i know, it could be an outhouse! haha
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...
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.
Hwy 178 between Dorsey and Interstate 22 (formally Hwy 78)
What is that shack in pictures numbers 3&4 used for?Jokingly i would say it's an outhouse.
very good photos!
is this bridge on private property? google shows the road ending at a house.
I will have to make the trip to Columbus to see the bridge and of course eat at Ole Hickory!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Replaced by new bridge in 2015 and removed
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.
Two 100 foot through truss spans built in 1906. West approach passes over Davis Hill Road on 24 foot I-Beam span.
This bridge consists of three 100 foot through truss spans constructed in 1906.
This bridge consists of four 100 foot through truss spans built in 1906.
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
I do think that this bridge is older than the NBI listing. Someone look at it.....even the rails are falling off.
Help here: Is this an old Warren Pony Truss??
Found another picture:
Picture No. 2 is of the Amory RR bridge, not Aberdeen.
I drove around Greenwood today on Google maps and located one of Bobbie's old addresses. Her family lived at the end of E. Claiborne which is still a dirt road across the road from what was called the Tallahatchie River at that time which turned into the Yazoo river at the bridge.
If you will Google maps and go to 815 E. Claiborne St. this is where she lived when she was in elementary school at Greenwood Elementary School (now Bankston school named after our principal Mrs. Bankston) She also lived on Lamar and Poplar streets for a while.
Many fond memories of living in Greenwood....
I was born in Greenwood Ms in the 40's and knew Roberta (Bobbie)growing up. I lived one block from the old Tallahatchie bridge on Grand Blvd and a few blocks from the Yazoo river bridge.
She lived about three blocks from what was the old Tallahatchie bridge as well which was the bridge going to Money Ms. from Greenwood.
This is not the bridge that was actually in the movie but I believe it was the bridge that inspired her song because we all played around that bridge which was next to the North Greenwood elementary school(now Bankston elementary) grounds.
I'm smiling to myself because people haven't figured out yet what the song was about. lol
I hope you're doing ok Bobbie!
The current bridge was built circa 1994, so this was likely abandoned around this time.
These old wood-decked Pratts have a special appeal for me. Also I agree that this bridge is older than 1930.
The westbound bridge is currently closed...appears to be undergoing maintenance!
As of August 24th,2015 this bridge has been demolished.
Love old bridges!! I would like to locate this bridge. I don't live far from it. I've never heard of it until now.
Ironwood bluff bridge in Itawamba County would be one to look into as well. I've been across it many times.
Someone needs to look at the old bridge on the Bankhead highway in Itawamba county in the Dorsey comunity. Also the bridge that replaced it when US 78 ( now 178 ) was built.
Attached is a photo of the bridge taken by me in 2003.
To Susie James:
I liked your environment photo and I added it to the bridge photograph profile.
This bridge was the hwy. 13 bridge before hwy. 25 was developed. After hwy. 25 was made, hwy. 13 interchanged with it. They cut out around two miles of hwy. 13.
This bridge is in terrible condition. Has anyone thought about preserving it? The supports/stanchions are crumbling and it appears the deck isn't in much better condition.
Really enjoyed the C. Hanchey photo from the deck of the bridge. I have always wondered what the deck looked like! Some of the ironwork is actually rather nice.
Noticed the 2nd stanchion doesn't show up in the original blueprints. Does anyone know when that was added? Was it after the area was flooded for the Tenn-Tom. river project?
I am an amateur painter and would enjoy painting from your photos. May I have your permission?
The bridge that Bobby Gentry is walking across is NOT the bridge where CR 512 crosses over the Tallahatchie River. The one she is walking across in the photo is from 11/20/1967 Life Magazine (P. 99). It is the old bridge she talked about in the song and was located at Money, MS. The bridge at Money collapsed on 06/19/1972, supposedly after it had been damaged when vandals set fire to it. It was replaced by a concrete bridge. It spans the TALLAHATCHIE River.
This newspaper article tells of the collapse of the old bridge at Money, MS:
Money Bridge Collapses, Greenwood Commonwealth, 06/20/1972, P. 1 (with 2 pictures)
“MONEY – The Tallahatchie River Bridge here collapsed between 11:30 and midnight Monday and presumably joined Billy Joe MacAllister in the muddy waters of the Tallahatchie.
Leflore County Deputy Sheriff Ricky Banks said he received a call from Sheriff Rufus Freeman about 12:15 a.m. today telling him the bridge had collapsed.
Leflore County Second District Supervisor Ray Tribble had called Sheriff Freeman earlier when two boys who had been fishing discovered the bridge had collapsed.
The two boys reportedly had gone upstream to fish and upon returning to Money found they couldn’t get over the collapsed span in the Tallahatchie River.
Tribble and his county road foreman Homer Hawkins then blocked the bridge off at the approaches on each side to prevent anyone from driving into the river.”
[Caption under photos] – “BRIDGE OUT AT MONEY – The middle section of the Tallahatchie river bridge at Money tilted towards its upstream side as it collapsed Monday night. The steel suspension bridge was built in 1927. Staff Photos by Steve Bailey.”
[Ed. Note: Pictures will be available when a non-distorted copy can be obtained.]
The bridge used in the movie (off Ole Roebuck Road on CR 512 in Rising Sun, MS) was demolished in 1987 and replaced with a concrete one. It spans the YAZOO River.
Our family tradition was "every time" while driving under the bridge you were to lick your finger and while touching the ceiling of the vehicle the driver would honk the horn then you would stick your finger out the window to dry while making a wish. I taught this to my kids as well.
The Road is Tom Ware Road
The road is Tom Ware Road
This bridge does not look like a 1969 bridge, but instead could have been relocated. Evidence cited is the fact the bridge is a Baltimore design, as opposed to a warren design In addition it lacks punch-plate diagonals, typical of railroad truss bridges of the 1960s and 70s.
I've added the category "mystery" because the bridge is stated as being on a railroad that, according to available information, never crosses the Yazoo:
A piece of Mississippi history that enabled William Faulkner and thousands of Ole Miss students to purchase illegal whiskey and also facilitated the movement of Federal troops in securing the enrollment of James Meredith at Ole Miss will soon be no more.
The three truss steel bridge constructed in 1953 over the Tallahatchie River between Oxford and Holly Springs is being torn down by L.A. Contracting as a new river bridge now speeds traffic north and south. The bridge holds rich memories for a generation of students and Lafayette County residents who drove across it to the Marshall County line to purchase illegal alcohol at Johnnie’s to well known watering holes like the Hobba Grill or Hole In The Wall located in Holly Springs.
[more at link.]
The new bridge opened on 6 February 2015. The old bridge is likely being demolished at this time.
I think Doug's drawing is based off of the photograph you've posted, Nathan.
I found another photograph of a railroad bridge allegedly at Yazoo City: http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/series/co...
That is a beauty... And a very old one at that! The portals suggest ca.1880's.
Wonder if Yazoo City really knows what a neat piece of history they have here?
I actually visited this bridge today. The north end is very overgrown, so I wasn't able to see much. The Camelback span appears to be in decent shape except for the missing deck.
I'm getting about 515' on Google Earth, so well shy of the 900 and something.
On Google Earth, it looks as if the Camelback is collapsing as well, just of note.
Can someone verify the length of this bridge? As of this posting, Wikipedia claims the length of the 2 truss spans to be a total of 335 feet. Looking at pictures, it doesn't appear to me that the remainder of the bridge would be 642.7 feet long.
And, speaking of compromise, perhaps a good one has been suggested several times. That compromise would be to provide a category for reporting marks rather than placing them and hyphens in front of the commonly used name.
In virtually every case, the hyphenated name the unnamed renamer so quickly uses to rename the bridge is unrelated to the "the most commonly used name for the bridge".
That "commonly used name" is one of the most significant elements of the history and existence of the bridge, its identity.
What is the value of the hyphenated name, when the owner(s) of the bridge are clearly identified elsewhere in the listing?
You folks banished that poor kid Sheldon to the Gulag over a few mundane highway bridges. Yet this clown keeps driving people with great stuff away from here, and he marches on for years. How many more guys have to take their pictures elsewhere before someone clamps down on the one causing all the problems?
I have mixed feelings about reporting marks in the title. That is where special blanks would help. If I wanted to research this bridge, I would probably use keywords such as nearby towns, county name, stream name or railroad name. In this case I might try something as simple as "railroad bridge Panola County".
Naming bridges has always been a bit of a balancing act. In many cases, local names are accurate, but occasionally they are monomers. Likewise, sometimes the bridge is colloquially named after a larger stream nearby, instead of the one it actually crosses. Of course, railroads, roads, streams, and even towns change names occasionally.
I like to respect local names as much as I can, but including as many railroad names as possible never hurts. Put yourself in the shoes of an internet researcher. Think of the keywords they will type into the search engine. Thankfully, Bridgehunter provides several blanks for such information. Perhaps there would be a way to create blanks for railroad reporting marks.
Dear Mr. Anonymous:
Thank you for speaking out in support of Mr. Elder. I became so annoyed at this kind of mis-informed style of editing other people's work that I have disengaged myself from this site, and will post my photos elsewhere. In my opinion, I don't see the need to include the using railroad as part of the name anyway, and if it is included, it should be the railroad that built the bridge not the current user.
Dear Mr. Elder,
At least you go out and photograph bridges unlike that who shall not be named who has yet to post any of their own material and likes to pick fights with people since they are online 24/7.
Mr. Elder keep up the good work.
Don't let who shall not be named discourage you or anyone else from doing what you like or love to do.
I see that this listing has been renamed since I added it. That is fair enough. I chose the name based on the fact that it is on the same railroad as the IC Tallahatchie River Bridge a few miles to the north. I modeled this listing after that one. Now it is in the hands of the locals and the railfans....