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Frisco - Aberdeen Bridge (Old)

Photos 

Railroad Bridge Mississippi, Monroe Co., Aberdeen Reach By Foot From E End Of Vine St. St.Louis And San Francisco Rr Bridge, Mid-1960s. From S. Credit: St. Louis And San Francisco Rr, Photographer Unknown, Date 1962-1969

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #301786

Map 

Description 

The Mississippi River and the fifteen road and six railroad bridges that cross it are part of a regional transportation net the developed between 1800 and World War II. The story of bridges in the Upper Tombigbee river valley is part of the story of the changing relationships between the river, the railroads, and the highways in NE Mississippi. The first settlers of European stock reached the area when Robert Fulton and others were perfecting the steamboat. During the 19th century, the river was variously and simultaneously the principal avenue of transportation and its chief obstacle. The ante-bellum riverboats carried the bulk of commerce; landings spotted the riverbank, and some became villages only because bad roads and river crossings made the towns inconvenient. The railroads were first conceived of as feeders to the river; in the end they entirely supplanted it. The highway bridges linked the towns with their hinterlands and made the railheads as convenient as the riverbanks. By the time Henry Ford had sent the automobile swarming across the continent, the Tombigbee was irrelevant as thoroughfare or obstacle.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Tombigbee River on San Francisco & St Louis Railroad
Location
Aberdeen, Monroe County, Mississippi
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1887; Replaced 1969
Railroad
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Design
Pratt through truss swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.82326, -88.51773   (decimal degrees)
33°49'24" N, 88°31'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/359544/3743595 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Aberdeen
Inventory number
BH 63668 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 16, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 15, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added HAER imagery
  • October 15, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER MS-11 - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS
  • Luke

Comments 

Frisco - Aberdeen Bridge (Old)
Posted December 30, 2015, by Robin Hill (rlh189 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Picture No. 2 is of the Amory RR bridge, not Aberdeen.