4 votes

Hankinson Bridge



Photo taken by Layne Logue in September 2015


BH Photo #338336


Has been holding steady in a "Tipped" position for nearly 37 years now.


Abandoned swing through truss bridge over Big Black River on Hankinson Road (Old US 61)
Warren County, Mississippi, and Claiborne County, Mississippi
Bypassed by newer alignment of Hwy 61
- Youngstown Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Swing Pratt through truss
Also called
US61 Big Black River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.12024, -90.89053   (decimal degrees)
32°07'13" N, 90°53'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/699009/3555712 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51227 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other stuff
  • October 30, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 30, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 28, 2015: New photos from Ben Tate
  • February 7, 2012: Added by Ben Tate


  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Hankinson Bridge
Posted October 16, 2021, by Rob (robbie [dot] ellwanger [at] gmail [dot] com)

Still standing

Hankinson Bridge
Posted October 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I could not find anything about it's abandonment...

Hankinson Bridge
Posted October 30, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great job finding a builder on this unusually positioned relic Melissa!

Hankinson Bridge
Posted October 30, 2019, by Richard Spencer (richard [at] natchezrailway [dot] com)

According to old State Highway maps, this was Hwy 61 until 1938. The oldest map is dated 1928 and it was Hwy 61 then. 2019 google aerial still shows it in collapsed position but the log jam is gone.

Hankinson Bridge
Posted April 13, 2018, by Bill Black (William [dot] Black [at] Berlin [dot] de)

The comment that this bridge was replaced by a new new alignment of Hwy 61 in 1987 is incorrect. US 61 followed basically its current alignment through southern Warren County and Big Black crossing near Deer Park in Claiborne County for several decades as a two-lane highway prior to Mississippi's building out its main US highways to divided four-lane.

Hankinson Bridge
Posted February 19, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I tried to visit this bridge, but was faced with a locked gate about half a mile from the bridge. I approached it from the southern end. The gate is just north of the intersection between Old Hwy 61 and Hanknson Rd. I was in a hurry and didn't have time to talk to any of the neighbors.

Hankinson Bridge
Posted February 8, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'll be out that way on Monday, so I'll try to check it out if time(and the neighbor) permits it.

Hankinson Bridge
Posted February 8, 2012, by Spanfan

The Bing Maps bird's-eye view shows the remaining span finally fallen over on its side. The pic of the "teeter-totter" was funny, though!

Hankinson Bridge
Posted February 8, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Wow, never seen a bridge collapse look like that before.

Hankinson Bridge
Posted February 7, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has only one span remaining, and it has tipped over its abutment with one end in the water and the other pointing to the sky. Here's a couple links to photos.


There's someone standing on the end of it in this photo