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Tallahatchie River Bridge

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Overview

Photo taken by Joe Owens

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Tallahatchie River on CR 115 (Old MS 15) at New Albany
Location
Union County, Mississippi
Status
Abandoned with northern approach spans missing
History
Built 1927; made obsolete by a new bridge in 1955
Design
Riveted polygonal Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 270.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.50507, -88.99638   (decimal degrees)
34°30'18" N, 88°59'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/316723/3819968 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Keownville
Inventory number
BH 22941 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 2001)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 26.90 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • April 18, 2006: Posted photos from Joe Owens

Sources 

  • Joe Owens - objoe1234 [at] aol [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Tallahatchie River Bridge
Posted May 14, 2007, by Anonymous

It's interesting, the main span itself still looks very sturdy, if only the approaches had been maintained. Not only is the old bridge itself looking spooky, all abandoned in the middle of the stream as it is, but the growth of the now dead weeds over the barricade really looks spooky as well. It looks like something straight out of a Twilight Zone episode. "But Waitress, I swear that old man said he just came across the hwy 15 bridge." "Mister, that old bridge has been washed out for over 50 years now." (Spooky music comes up as camera pans to missing approaches. Do do do do, tweedle-dee !)

Tallahatchie River Bridge
Posted May 14, 2007, by Anonymous

It's interesting, the main span itself still looks very sturdy, if only the approaches had been maintained. Not only is the old bridge itself looking spooky, all abandoned in the middle of the stream as it is, but the growth of the now dead weeds over the barricade really looks spooky as well. It looks like something straight out of a Twilight Zone episode. "But Waitress, I swear that old man said he just came across the hwy 15 bridge." "Mister, that old bridge has been washed out for over 50 years now." (Spooky music comes up as camera pans to missing approaches. Do do do do, tweedle-dee !)

Tallahatchie River Bridge
Posted May 13, 2007, by Anonymous

...this must be the bridge that Bobbie Gentry was referring to in her 1967 song "Ode'To Billy Joe".

Tallahatchie Canal CR 115 Bridge
Posted April 12, 2006, by Joe Owens (objoe1234 [at] aol [dot] com)

The old bridge across the Tallahatchie River on Union County Mississippi Road 115 is the orgional Mississippi State Hwy 15 Bridge. The Miss Hwy Dept built the present day Hwy 15 before my birth and Im almost forty and the old hwy became property of Union County Supervisors and became a county road. The follows more or less and old indian trail that led from Ripley Mississippi to Pontotoc Mississippi. The Indians that lived along the west bank of the Tallahatchie were known as Albanio Indians and the town of New Albany took its name from the indians and currupted the spelling into Albany. As a child i waded the Tallahatchie with my older brothers underneath this bridge and up until recently the road and bridge were in use but at present the road is closed at the bridge and the north end of the bridge is destroyed. The Hwy 15 bridge is less than a half mile from the old bridge and is in view from this bridge. The contract is underway to replace the Hwy 15 bridge within view again with a four lane state hwy and I wonder if the new concrete bridge that took the place of this old iron bridge will fall by the wayside just like the old iron bridge it replaced. I can make pics of other Union County Mississippi bridges if anyone is interested in one.