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Lamb-Fish Bridge


Side view

Photo taken by Nathan Culpepper

BH Photo #107984

Street View 


The Lamb-Fish Bridge, built in 1905 by the American Bridge Company of New York and is associated with the once prosperous Lamb-Fish Lumber Company of Charleston,MS. In 1932, a fire swept through the plant. With the loss of the lumber company, the railroad was no longer needed, and the bridge was abandoned. In the 1950s, the span was lowered, railroad ties were removed, and the structure was converted to a one-lane car and truck bridge.


Vertical lift bridge over the Tallahatchie River on Levee Road
Tallahatchie County, Mississippi
Open to traffic
Built 1905 by the American Bridge Co.
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Lamb-Fish Lumber Co. of Charleston, Mississippi
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri
- Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad (Y&MV)
Vertical lift Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 828.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 75.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1982
Also called
Y&MV - Lamb-Fish Spur Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.02253, -90.19225   (decimal degrees)
34°01'21" N, 90°11'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/759260/3768209 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fishhook Lake
Land survey
T. 25 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 21
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 82004631 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 22936 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 25, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added railroad from NRHP nomination form; Added said form to documents section; Corrected river back to Tallahatchie per USGS maps from 1935 via Historicaerials
  • January 25, 2018: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 18, 2017: New photos from Paul Clarke
  • August 5, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 24, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • December 18, 2006: Posted photos from Nathan Culpepper



Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted December 2, 2018, by Jason McDaniel (modernbeat [at] gmail [dot] com)

Went by the Lamb-Fish Bridge today (Dec 2, 2018) and found it had been closed very recently. A load of red dirt had been dumped on the approaches from both ends and bridge closed signs had been erected. Looked very recent and hasty. There are more signs behind the pile that had been knocked down by someone driving over the dirt.

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted January 25, 2018, by Luke

For the reference of everyone: The Coldwater River's confluence with the (Little) Tallahatchie River is at 34.183853,-90.214889, which is well upstream of here.

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted August 5, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

first one like it i have seen!

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted July 16, 2013, by ben (benjaminc1970 [at] msn [dot] com)

The lamb fish bridge is actually over the cold water river not the Tallahatchie river

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted January 1, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

How unique is that!

If I had it to do over again I would like a ceremony like that!.....but would probably have to drug my wife to get her up there!!

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted January 1, 2011, by Amanda (mandy_pooh_38646 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My older brother got married on top of that bridge on November 22, 2008!!

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted April 10, 2009, by Kelly Standard (kstandard [at] mdot [dot] state [dot] ms [dot] us)

Lamb-Fish Bridge spans over the Cold Water River and White Lake.

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted March 14, 2009, by Rebecca Reynolds (juindix04 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks so much for posting these photos. I am orginally from Tallahatchie County.

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted February 14, 2009, by JERRY L. MURPHY (jerry9188 [at] att [dot] net)


Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted December 3, 2007, by Jason Pardoe (wjpardoe [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not too many years ago when I was a teenager, (1986 or so) this bridge still had the "draw" portion in place and the entire bridge was wooden. The bridge was open to traffic even though not all of the wood was in place. You would have to travel a piece, stop, get out, and move good wood from behind you to fill holes in front of you so you could advance a little more before repeating the process. A trip across the bridge took a good 15 - 30 minutes. The concrete portion was placed there in the late 80's or early 90's. Around this same time someone took a torch and cut the placard from the bridge...a dying shame!

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted July 15, 2007, by Nathan Culpepper (nathan [at] soundsgoodllc [dot] com)

This is definitely one of the coolest bridges I've ever come across.

Lamb-Fish Bridge
Posted July 3, 2007, by Terry Traver

Visited this bridge last week - June 2007 - still open to traffic.