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Silent Shade Swing Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by C Hanchey in January 2009

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BH Photo #134095

Map 

Description 

Was in use at this location until 1988 when it was closed by the Army Corps of Engineers due to a flood control issue.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss swing bridge over Yazoo River
Location
Humphreys County, Mississippi, and Leflore County, Mississippi
Status
Collapsed
History
The swing span (and possibly other components) reused from Yazoo River Swing Bridge, per reference below
Builders
- W.T. Young Bridge Co. of Nashville, TN (built this bridge, including the used swing, here; opened in 1927)
- http://bridgehunter.com/ms/leflore/yazoo-river-swing/ (Groton Bridge Co. (Swing Span) originally erected in 1898 at a different location))
Design
Warren through truss swing Bridge
Dimensions
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:
Montgomery
Land survey
T. 16 N., R. 2 W., Sec. 1
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
30
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 

  • October 15, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added information pertaining to bridge closing.
  • October 15, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 15, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added builder and date of swing span
  • October 13, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Collapsed as confirmed by field visit.
  • August 28, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • 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

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Sources 

Comments 

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow! The best use of a drone that I've seen!!

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

yes, this is a great distraction for what I should be doing...

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

That video was Amazing!

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Cool video of the bridge shot in Jan of 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2VgUCwgKPA

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, you're welcome. I'm going to continue searching for more information.

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks Melissa!

Well, that confirms it as well as who put it back up.

Regards,

Art S.

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art...

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 15, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Melissa,

I can't see the article, but looking at the link to the other bridge, I believe you are right! The design elements are the same and the 1898 date makes sense. It also ties into the 1927 date (disassembled in 1925 at the previous site).

I suspect the 1906 - 1912 bridge that Nathan had a lead on was a different structure.

Regards,

Art S.

PS. As long as it hasn't been salvaged, its probably recoverable and restoreable - it just takes cubic dollars.

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 14, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, I was curious about the build dates too. The article I found shows this was previously located at Greenwood

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 14, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

That'll buff right out...

Interestingly, it hasn't been salvaged.

Any idea as to the builder and if the '06 and '12 dates are reliable?

Regards,

Art S.

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Luke... Exactly what I was hoping for when I drove to this bridge. A very sad loss!

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Luke

And here we were all hoping for another "Amanda" situation.

Silent Shade Swing Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Nathan Holth

Its no joking matter this bridge really is gone.

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.