4 votes

Silent Shade Swing Bridge


Photo taken by C Hanchey in January 2009


BH Photo #134095



Abandoned through truss swing bridge over Yazoo River
Humphreys County, Mississippi, and Leflore County, Mississippi
Bridge plans approved in 1906 and completed by January 1912.
Warren through truss swing Bridge
Length of largest span: 274.0 ft.
Total length: 394.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.27858, -90.36192   (decimal degrees)
33°16'43" N, 90°21'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/745696/3685275 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 16 N., R. 2 W., Sec. 1
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory number
BH 39988 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2009)
Sufficiency rating: 14.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2015: New photos from James Baughn
  • December 3, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected construction date, per MDAH
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 31, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • March 28, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Added USGS Quadrangle
  • February 24, 2009: Added by C Hanchey



Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted February 1, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

"The silent shade bride collapsed"

How is the groom taking it?

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted January 30, 2018, by Hal Blossman (audiovideoenhancement [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The silent shade bride collapsed sometime between February 2017 and January 26th 2018

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
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).

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted December 4, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Bill Gatlin from the MDAH was kind enough to provide the following info about this bridge. It clears up the date issue... although their info that the bridge is gone is not correct, since we have photos and aerial imagery from 2009-2010 showing it extant:

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately the bridge is non-extant. Our database file failed to include that information but the paper file has a note from 2002 indicating that the bridge was no longer extant. The state built a new highway that bypasses Belzoni. Although we should have been involved in a review of the demolition under either the federal or state historic preservation laws, there is no record that was done in this case. The bridge was identified in a statewide survey of bridges in 1986 and it was already abandoned at that time and portions of the deck had collapsed. The 1927 date comes from a state highway department list of bridges. The list says the bridge plans were approved in 1906 and shows it completed by January 1912.

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted November 25, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

OK, jokes aside. The Flickr page says it was ABANDONED in 1927, which makes more sense. I think Florida's Drew Bridge is likely older, but this bridge may be another contender for one of the oldest swing bridges in the country.

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted September 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If this bridge was built in 1927 then I am the President of the United States. It has ornamental knee braces, pin connections, and EXTREMELY lightweight construction. It may be pre-1900 and one of the oldest highway swing bridges in the country.