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CN - Peters Creek Bridge


Peters/Long Creek Bridge

The bridge over the Peters/Long Creek in Panola County, Mississippi between Courtland and Pope.

Photo taken by Hamhari Brown in January 2016


View this photo at flic.kr

BH Photo #352980



Second bridge to stand in this location. First was dismantled and relocated to Louisiana.


Through truss bridge over Peters Creek on Canadian National Railway
Panola County, Mississippi
Open to traffic
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Pratt through truss
Also called
IC - Peters Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.22731, -89.94509   (decimal degrees)
34°13'38" N, 89°56'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/228710/3791283 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 65762 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 5, 2016: Updated by Hamhari Brown: Added year built and builder.
  • January 29, 2015: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Peters Creek Bridge
Posted January 31, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

And, speaking of compromise, perhaps a good one has been suggested several times. That compromise would be to provide a category for reporting marks rather than placing them and hyphens in front of the commonly used name.

Peters Creek Bridge
Posted January 31, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

In virtually every case, the hyphenated name the unnamed renamer so quickly uses to rename the bridge is unrelated to the "the most commonly used name for the bridge".

That "commonly used name" is one of the most significant elements of the history and existence of the bridge, its identity.

What is the value of the hyphenated name, when the owner(s) of the bridge are clearly identified elsewhere in the listing?

Bridge comment
Posted January 31, 2015, by Respect Your Elders

You folks banished that poor kid Sheldon to the Gulag over a few mundane highway bridges. Yet this clown keeps driving people with great stuff away from here, and he marches on for years. How many more guys have to take their pictures elsewhere before someone clamps down on the one causing all the problems?

CN - Peters Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2015, by Robert Elder

I have mixed feelings about reporting marks in the title. That is where special blanks would help. If I wanted to research this bridge, I would probably use keywords such as nearby towns, county name, stream name or railroad name. In this case I might try something as simple as "railroad bridge Panola County".

CN - Peters Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2015, by Robert Elder

Naming bridges has always been a bit of a balancing act. In many cases, local names are accurate, but occasionally they are monomers. Likewise, sometimes the bridge is colloquially named after a larger stream nearby, instead of the one it actually crosses. Of course, railroads, roads, streams, and even towns change names occasionally.

I like to respect local names as much as I can, but including as many railroad names as possible never hurts. Put yourself in the shoes of an internet researcher. Think of the keywords they will type into the search engine. Thankfully, Bridgehunter provides several blanks for such information. Perhaps there would be a way to create blanks for railroad reporting marks.

CN - Peters Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2015, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dear Mr. Anonymous:


Thank you for speaking out in support of Mr. Elder. I became so annoyed at this kind of mis-informed style of editing other people's work that I have disengaged myself from this site, and will post my photos elsewhere. In my opinion, I don't see the need to include the using railroad as part of the name anyway, and if it is included, it should be the railroad that built the bridge not the current user.

CN - Peters Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2015, by Anonymous

Dear Mr. Elder,

At least you go out and photograph bridges unlike that who shall not be named who has yet to post any of their own material and likes to pick fights with people since they are online 24/7.

Mr. Elder keep up the good work.

Don't let who shall not be named discourage you or anyone else from doing what you like or love to do.

CN - Peters Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2015, by Robert Elder

I see that this listing has been renamed since I added it. That is fair enough. I chose the name based on the fact that it is on the same railroad as the IC Tallahatchie River Bridge a few miles to the north. I modeled this listing after that one. Now it is in the hands of the locals and the railfans....