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Old Hill Place Bridge

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Bird's eye from north

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned wire suspension bridge on Hill Road over Coles Creek
Location
Fayette, Jefferson County, Mississippi
Status
Abandoned
Builder
- Schuster & Jacob
Design
Wire suspension
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 23, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.66927, -91.18115   (decimal degrees)
31°40'09" N, 91°10'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/672427/3505214 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Church Hill
Land survey
T. 8 N., R. 1 W., Sec 17
Elevation
140 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 79003430 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 46940 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • September 16, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added topo info
  • September 16, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: added coordinates
  • November 11, 2010: Added by Jared Rainer

Sources 

  • Jared Rainer - chumrain [at] att [dot] net
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net

Comments 

Old Hill Place Bridge
Posted October 2, 2014, by James Murray (housesun90 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

When I was in High school in Natchez during the 1970's we referred to this bridge as "swinging bridge" and I had many occasions to cross when it was usable. It was somewhat exciting to cross as it did buck and swing vertically under the weight of an automobile. As I remember there were 4 metal clad posts with a cable over them. Two on either side of the span. At rest the bridge made an arc from one end to the other and the roadway was attached to the posts on either side so that you drove up to a crest between the posts and then the suspended section between the posts would flatten significantly as you drove accross. The roadbed was as I recall large flat planks and at one time there were a few metal plates in places on the roadbed as tread areas. It is a shame to see that the bridge was abandoned as it was a neat ride down that road through the woods and across Coles Creek. There were also a few pull outs on the side of the road and I recall we would at times use this area as a start to go innertubing down the creek to the Natchez Trace.

Old Hill Place Bridge
Posted September 16, 2011, by Ben Tate

In February, I'm planning on taking a trip down Natchez Trace. I'll try to visit some of these bridges that I'm adding so I can get some photos.

Old Hill Place Bridge
Posted September 16, 2011, by Ben Tate

I was about to add a bridge on Hill Rd that looked like a swinging bridge with a missing deck, but then I found this bridge already listed. It wasn't mapped and was very vague, but the road name and description seem to add up. I'll add the coordinates.