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Stuckey's Bridge

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Overview

Photo taken by Nathan Culpepper

Video 

1955 Chevrolet Truck at Stuckey's Bridge, Savoy, MS

Video footage we recorded of driving our 1955 Chevrolet Truck over the 109 year old Stuckey Bridge in Lauderdale County, Mississippi on February 20, 2010.

Video posted by Jared Rainer

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Description 

Physically closed as of 08-24-2011

Facts 

Overview
Stearns through truss bridge over Chunky River on Stuckey Bridge Road
Location
Lauderdale County, Mississippi
Status
Closed & Barricaded
History
Built 1901 by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Co.
Builder
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
Design
Stearns through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 199.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.25583, -88.85522   (decimal degrees)
32°15'21" N, 88°51'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/325239/3570303 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 05 N., R. 14 E., Sec. 22
USGS topographic map
Meehan
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88002415 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 22891 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2007)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 11.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
110

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2011: Updated by Jared Rainer: Updated status to reflect recent barricading of bridge
  • February 22, 2010: New video from Jared Rainer
  • February 10, 2010: New photos from Jared Rainer
  • December 14, 2006: Posted photos from Nathan Culpepper

Sources 

  • Nathan Culpepper - nathan [at] soundsgoodllc [dot] com
  • Jared Rainer - chumrain [at] att [dot] net
  • Wikipedia

Comments 

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted August 25, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

or badly photoshopped-in cigarette smoke.

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted August 25, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Picture #2 might be ghoatse, or maybe it's just late....

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted August 25, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

On a more serious note, I found a higher resolution photo that allowed me to better see the details on this bridge. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fisherbray/4784933818/

While this is a beautiful bridge that should be preserved, it does NOT appear to be a Stearns truss. It appears to be a Pratt truss that had additional verticals and floorbeams added to it to essentially double the number of panels it has. You can see that the eyebars do not connect to these added beams and the added beams are very lightweight and not historic looking. They appear to be simply welded, there is no pin or hanger detail at the added panel points. I guess you could say they converted it into a Whipple, however it is my suggestion that since the historic design of the bridge (which appears to remain in its entirety) is a Pratt that this bridge should be re categorized as a Pratt. I full restoration of this bridge, perhaps for non-motorized use, could remove these added beams and restore its proper appearance.

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted August 25, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They're all gone now.....Ghostbusters took care of em'

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted August 25, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Excuse me while I lolb at those terrible photoshopped "ghost" pictures

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted June 17, 2009, by Lucidity (Lucidity4 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember this bridge! I used to live not too far from there. I moved out of state years ago. All this makes me want to go visit again.

It is really old. The County Archives show the contract was let in 1847. They do not have an exact date as for the completion, but 1850 is a fair estimate.

And FYI, there are several by the last name of Stuckey listed in the 1840 and 1850 census for that area.

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted March 6, 2009, by anthony dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Had heard this was a Stearns Truss, and indeed it does look like it has some of the characteristics of a Stearns. Like the Gilmore Bridge in Indiana, it has some intermediate verticals that weren't present in the Stearns patent type. Also it is very light, where the Stearns had a beefier top chord and end posts to make up for less material in the truss. Whatever the case, it is a very unique bridge. Hopefully all of the spirits that inhabit the surrounding area will help to protect it!

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted March 6, 2009, by JERRY L. MURPHY (jerry9188 [at] att [dot] net)

photos taken 02/28/2009 by JERRY L. MURPHY and JULIA MURPHY

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Stuckey's Bridge
Posted January 20, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Most of the haunted bridges in Indiana have the sounds of hoofbeats (i.e. Headless Horseman) resonating through them. We also have a few of the "Cry Lady" (or "Cry Baby") bridges,where the child was supposedly swept away in flood waters and the mother still looms looking for said child.And even one or two where a worker was entombed in an abutment, and now pounds on them to get out. As with other states, the more you can embellish the story the better it is.

Stuckey's Bridge (for that matter.....any other bridge that is haunted)
Posted January 19, 2009, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Gee.......the sad thing is that someone actually had to drive 4 hours to find a "haunted" bridge in MS!! What is even worse is the fact that nearly every bridge below the Mason-Dixon line is "haunted," and they all are not just haunted, but they are all haunted with the same or similar story plots!

Perhaps I shall help some save their gas and place a few of the common "redneck" haunted bridge story plots here:

1. Most common (at least in AL where I am from): You go to any bridge at night, drive onto it, turn your car off (engine, lights, and everything, and place the gear into neutral) and one or more of the following shall happen:

A. You will hear the screams of someone (most likely murdered) screaming. Of course, because every bridge in the South is the location of a murder. Go figure.

B. The car will be pushed by an "invisible" being if the car is in neutral, and if someone gets really creative, the aspiring ghost detective (most likely a teenager who had one too many drinks and is really desperate to prove his bravery to some girl) will put some kind of powder on the car's trunk or hood so when the car gets "pushed" the so called being will leave his or her hand prints in the powder.

C. You will see the disembodied spirit of the ghost: In some versions of this story the ghost is even "trained" to do stupid human tricks like appearing only if the person in the car flashes the headlights on and off for three (more or less) times. Gee.......Perhaps it would be cool if I would drive my car to a bridge, flash my lights on and off a few times, and the ghost would appear and then start humming the tune to M*A*S*H.

2. Go to a bridge at night and somehow you will hear the ghostly moans or cries of children and babies that have been murdered (of course), or the cries from the parents who have lost their children and have committed suicide due to the tragedy. Now lets see........this seems like a variant of story 1a, just souped up because you need to get your story more detailed and interesting depending on how many beers (or weed) you friends had while they are in your company.

3. Go to a bridge at night, carry candy, pastries, donuts, (oh.......you just fill in the blank), and leave it on a strategic location on the bridge. Just wait a while, or just leave and return some time later, and poof!! The sweet treats have become a favorite prize for your little ghostly friends and the candy or whatever you leave is gone and the wrapper or bag your treat came in is left behind! Wow.......let us have pity on the unfortunate ghost whose bridge is always visited by a dentist. Just so we can be on the same page, when I die, and end up becoming a ghost that somehow is doomed to haunt some bridge below the Mason-Dixon line, please feel free to leave a Big Mac combo #1 large with Coke. Also, feel free to leave me gift cards to an all you can eat catfish buffet.

Those with differing haunted bridge story plots please feel free to post your version.

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted January 19, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's funny stuff!

On a technical note...... The truss members on the bridge are very light looking, and what I can see of them look nothing like a Stearns Truss.

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted January 19, 2009, by Egon

Time to call in the pros.

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Stuckey's Bridge
Posted January 19, 2009, by Hollie (lilgreenfairies24 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

O WOW! its 6:58 am and me and 2 friends just got back from the bridge [we've been doing paranormal research/investigations for awhile now & wanted to check this place out] ok so we leave around 12 am hoping to get there before 4 am [lol] well we find Stucky Bridge rd well there's a gate in the way so we have to go AALL the way around to there other side down the long dark creepy one way don't know whats on it gravel road we finally made it to the bridge at 4:30 am & its looking a little creepy outside of the truck so we finally say ok screw it we didn't waste all this gas to come from Byram all the way to this "haunted bridge" ((this is our 1st bridge investigation)) so we get out the bridge is awesome looking but yet still creepy we're walking I'm taking pictures & there's no fog on the bridge at all and I snapped 2 or 3 shots of the bridge with some kinda fog or mist. Then I hear something next to my truck so i snap a few pictures and there's 2 glowing green things hovering around my truck ((green orbs)) and an orb above it I'm taking pictures after pictures and there's another picture of the 2 green orbs but now they're on the bridge along with the misty fog. well i hear that noise i heard before and stop and ask the guys if they heard that they said no & that i was freaking them out well i snap another picture and I'm still getting the green orbs but now they are in front of a plant. Well we start walking to the truck and I heard that noise again along with another noise knowing there's noway they couldn't of heard it (( the 1st 3 noises i heard was some what like a grawl but not an animal kind of maybe a angry humming/ moaning type noise not really sure how to explain it with out actually doing it ... the noise that we all heard was like something that punched my truck)) we kinda get a little freaked out & not to mention the fact that it was about 5 am to so we left ... && we can't wait to go back

No we never saw a guy holding a light ... we never heard a splash in the water ... the only noise we heard was the humming/moaning and something hit my truck everything else we just got some crazy awesome pictures.!

1st picture is the bridge when we 1st pulled up

2ND picture is the 2nd picture we took on the bridge [no fog/mist was seen with the naked eye it was clear as water out there.

3rd picture was of my truck when i 1st heard the moaning noise ((green orbs & white orb))

4Th picture is the same green orbs hovering over my truck

5Th picture of the green orbs are on the bridge

6Th picture of the green orbs in the plants with a little bit of purplish color behind it.

We all have opinions on rather or not ghosts or anything paranormal is real ... but I would most definitely say that this bridge is haunted rather its by stucky himself or the people he killed. But there is most definitely something there!

Maybe next we go out there maybe we'll hear a splash or see someone walking on the bridge. :]

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Stuckey's Bridge
Posted November 27, 2008, by Anonymous

whatever yall think is true it can be yalls opinion . ive grown up close to the bridge in chunky . there is so many different stories well never no which 1 to believe there is an other bridge close to it we call it the old bridge its supposelly haunted to but ive never seen a ghost

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted October 23, 2008, by Anonymous (hannahgbaker [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

It wasnt built in 1901 it was built bout 20 yrs before the civil war! and they said u can stil c old man stuckey with a lantern walkin the bridge! scary! haha i love a good ghost story an stuckeys bridge is def. a freaky place to be at nite!!

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted August 12, 2008, by Ben (ceman31 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is a sign at the end of the road that says "Bridge Closed". When you get to it there are gates at the end of the bridge but they were open and cars were still driving over it.

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted July 17, 2008, by Anonymous

There was a fish camp on the river. It had a screened in area with picnic tables, and juke box. Running Bear.

There was an artesian well in a small field of wild flower's, butterflies, fireflies in the tall grasses. The owners had a monkey that lived in the huge old oaks.I could run and play with the monkey up in the trees and the camps bird dog.

All the Bryant family, aunt's, uncle's, cousin's, grandparent's would go there on a Friday or Saturday late evening. Everything was so green, hot, the sun setting. The sounds of the river down below rippling over river stones. The birds singing a night song.

They always made me eat white bread so it would catch any fish bones. Yuck!!

Menu was, fish, hush puppies, slaw, beans, and colder than cold 6oz cokes.

You could hear the cars go over the bridge, the boards bumping on the deck, sometimes the bridge shaking.

Who needs Disneyland?

This place was like heaven.

.

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted November 11, 2007, by ashley (ashleyp4jc [at] gmail [dot] com)

i went to stuckey's bridge friday night (November 9 at like 11 pm) and nothing happened. i was at a birthday party and her mom scared us really bad by getting 2 people to scare us... other than that nothing happened. when i heard about it i didnt want to go but i went with them and nothing happened. its stupid so if you think its haunted then go and see if you die cause he might have been hung on the bridge but there is no such things as ghosts... so STOP thinking there is!! i get scared at stuff like that but im not thinking... here's some things you can think about...

1. there's no such thing as ghosts

2. God is always with you whether you die or not

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted September 14, 2007, by David Stuckey (mtnhykr [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a later version of an earlier bridge

Stuckey's Bridge
Posted April 13, 2007, by phillip (anrchy_man [at] yahoo [dot] com)

how could stuckey of died on this bridge in the 1800's if it was built in 1901??