Pearl River Rosemary Road Bridge
Photo taken by C Hanchey in November 2008
BH Photo #134555
I will never forget riding over this bridge as a child, wailing because I was certain that we were going to die, particularly once we had leave the bridge in reverse to let another vehicle through. I clearly remember looking over the sides and thinking, "Well this is kind of coo OH MY GOSH WE ARE GONERS!". Very very cool bridge though. I'm honored to have gotten to cross it while it was still functional, despite the perilous dangers. Haha.
Front approach on Rankin County side has been removed- bridge is still standing but totally inaccessible by vehicle. Does not appear to be any plans to repair the structure.
I AM 59 YRS OLD WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WOULD SPEND NIGHT WITH MY GRANDPARENTS WHOM LIVE ON RANKIN SIDE OF RIVER WHICH IS KNOWN AS CLEAR BRANCH THEY ARE THE BARRONS NOW DECEASE I LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY WITH THERE DAUGTHER MY MOTHER WHO IS 86YRS OLD THE ROSEMARY BRIDGE IS OLDER THAN 1950 FACT ALSO THERE IS A TALE TRUE OR NOT A WOMAN WAS MURDERED ON THE BRIDGE HER GHOST STILL COMES BACK &WALKS ON BRIDGE AT NIGHT
As of a few weeks ago the Rosemary Bridge was closed. Signs are up and piles of dirt and barricades are in front of both entrances, but the bridge is still walkable. As I was jogging, I asked a neighbor about it and he said that someone had "messed it up," which I took to mean something too heavy had ridden across it.
They are not sure at this point if it's going to be replaced, fixed, or just left to rot- Moncure road bridge is newer and not that far out of the way.
As for the date, I've always heard from the limited research I've done that they're not exactly sure when it was built. Some people think it was build over a long period of time and with various parts being replaced, but that's mostly speculation.
If you're ever near Jackson and like old bridges, it and the one in Byram make a good half-day trip.
That thru-truss bridge with the lally-column piers is not from 1950. No way.
PHOTOS TAKEN AUG.8,2008