4 votes

KCS - Big Black River Bridge


Main span

Photo submitted by Bill Black

BH Photo #107997



Concrete arch bridge over Big Black River on Kansas City Southern Railway
Warren County, Mississippi, and Hinds County, Mississippi
Open to traffic
Built 1917
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
5-span open-spandrel concrete arch
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 1988
Also called
IC - Big Black River Bridge
Bovina Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.34735, -90.70452   (decimal degrees)
32°20'50" N, 90°42'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/716023/3581254 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 22942 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 21, 2012: New photos from Ben Tate
  • April 3, 2011: New photos from David Backlin
  • December 31, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • May 1, 2006: Posted additional photos from Bill Black


  • Bill Black - William [dot] Black [at] Berlin [dot] de
  • HAER MS-6 - Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Bridge
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com


KCS - Big Black River Bridge
Posted January 17, 2019, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I inspected this bridge very closely inside the open spandrel, and it appears to have an outer facade that was added many years after the original open-spandrel bridge was built. There is evidence of the addition upon close inspection. The bridge owner may have wanted to strengthen it somewhat and felt the outer concrete would do that sufficiently.

The KCS is a busy railroad. In the first 30 minutes I was there, two trains both in the same eastbound direction were noted.

Very impressive structure.

Bovina Railroad Bridge
Posted January 24, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Impressive structure!

Bovina Railroad Bridge
Posted January 24, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
Bovina Railroad Bridge
Posted January 9, 2010, by lee felts (lsonnyf [at] att [dot] net)

what is the date of this bridge and whydoes it not have a date of contruction?

Bovina Railroad Bridge
Posted December 31, 2009, by Bob Morgan (morgans212 [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

This bridge is on Kansas City Southern Railway. It was formerly Illinois Central, ICG and Mid-South. It is part of the KCS "Meridian Speedway" route.

Bovina Railroad Bridge
Posted January 14, 2009, by JERRY L. MURPHY (jerry9188 [at] att [dot] net)

photos taken 8/7/2008