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Old Vicksburg Bridge

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Overview

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg just north of the I-20 bridge in Vicksburg
Location
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, and Madison Parish, Louisiana
Status
Closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, but still used by the Kansas City Southern railroad
History
Built 1930
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Fabricator)
- Harrington, Howard & Ash of Kansas City, Kansas & New York, New York (Designer)
- Ned L. Ashton of Iowa City, Iowa (Resident Engineer)
Railroad
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Design
Cantilevered Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 824.9 ft.
Total length: 8,494.9 ft. (1.6 mi.)
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.31501, -90.90551   (decimal degrees)
32°18'54" N, 90°54'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/697175/3577279 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vicksburg West
Land survey
T. 16 N., R. 3 E., Sec. 32
Inventory number
BH 22945 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/1989)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 10.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1989)
1,070

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2017: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • September 15, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 26, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • January 23, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Kansas City Southern Railway", "Railroad", "Rail-and-Road"
  • August 1, 2013: New photos from M. D. Caillet
  • May 30, 2013: New photo from M. D. Caillet
  • March 5, 2012: New photos from Ben Tate
  • June 9, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • April 1, 2009: New photo from Channin Rosenthal
  • February 27, 2009: New photos from Bob Morgan

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Wikipedia
  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Channin Rosenthal
  • Cliff Darby - clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted March 27, 2017, by Rusty Pugh (rustypugh123 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I love that bridge, and always stop to walk around and look whenever I am in Vicksburg.

I crossed it in August of 1967 with my family; 5 of us packed into a brand new '67 Buick Wildcat, headed to visit relatives in El Paso.

I'll always remember it. It was early in the morning, and I was asleep in the back seat. My mom woke me up so I'd see the bridge. I remember still my dad talking about how narrow it was, and how the mirrors of trucks would hit when they passed.

In '67, parts of I-20 from Jackson to Vicksburg were open, but we still had to take old highway 80 through Vicksburg and across the river.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted January 22, 2014, by Anonymous

Also forgot to mention that I took and framed a golden sunset photo of the old bridge. At our church's Lord's Acre sale the church minister, who used to live in Mississippi, bought it, but he had to pay a lot to get it as folks kept bidding the price up and up.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted January 22, 2014, by Tom Anderson (andersonww5l [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

My wife and I took our first vacation together in 1970 when they were still building the I-20 bridge so we had to drive over the old bridge. It was an experience to say the least, but we made it. I had heard about the old Vicksburg Bridge for years from friends of mine who had come to Vicksburg for vacation, etc. Took a lot of photos of the old bridge and the construction of the new bridge, before the casinos were build. Ate dinner at Maxwell's Restaurant and stayed at a Best Western Motel near the bridge.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted November 7, 2013, by Bobby (jrobertallen [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

The photo posted here and dated August 1951 is not the Vicksburg bridge, but is the bridge at Natchez.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted May 9, 2012, by Robert L. S\tephens (tylerhotel [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I remember the bridge as far back as 1948 when we drove to Vicksburg to visit the military park. Later, when I was in the Army, I used to cross it on a regular basis. It was toll most of the time, with a plant inspection also being conducted at the toll booth at the Mississippi end. Going across on a bus was an experience. The busses were so wide they had to squeeze against the side rails when passing other busses or trucks. I also recall traffic backing up at the ends when a larger than normal load, such as a house trailer, crossed. It sometimes took a half-hour or longer to clear the bridge. Being on the bridge when a fast freight train crossed was also an experience to remember. The last time I crossed must have been about 1988, when I drove over it to show my family. That time there were three horses at the Louisiana end, waiting for clearance to cross. By that time there were no trucks using it, and few cars, as US 80 on the Louisiana side had become so ragged about all one could do was get off the bridge and head for I20.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted October 7, 2011, by Bob Morgan (morgans212 [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

23rd Over the River Run is October 8!!

http://www.vicksburg.org/all-news/3-newsflash/632-23rd-annua...

The SCHF is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual Over the River Run. The Foundation along with many sponsors and volunteers presents this very special community venture and it promises to be one of the biggest yet. This event welcomes hundreds to the City of Vicksburg and will serve as a wonderful family event. It will take place on Saturday, October 8th at 8:00am and begins at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street. This delightfully unique run follows a scenic course heading west across the Mississippi River across to Delta, Louisiana and then returns back to the finish line. The event involves a 5-mile run, 5-mile walk and a one-mile fun run for kids. Sign up for the race. Sponsorship opportunities are now available. After expenses, proceeds from the race will benefit the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted June 6, 2011, by Toni Worrell (mcroot [at] comcast [dot] net)

Does anyone know of any pictures of the old bridge being built, my uncle had some - but has passed.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted February 27, 2009, by Bob Morgan (morgans212 [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

I lived in Vicksburg from 1993 to 1996 when I worked at the Waterways Experiment Station. The road was still open then; they also held a 5 mile race every year that started just to the north of the east portal, on a Sunday as I recall, when they could close the old bridge to traffic. (There wasn't much anyway.) You ran straight across the bridge and about a half mile or so into Delta, LA, and then turned around and came back. I still have the T-shirt!

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted November 3, 2008, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I can remember we went on vacation to Mississippi in 1976. I had a learner's permit and was driving. They were repainting the new bridge and They were detouring the West-bound traffic to the old bridge and here I was in traffic at least 55 MPH hauling it along there. I cannot imagine what it was like when it was two-way.

I went across it several times after that, but all except once I was the only car on the bridge. It was really nice to get to meander across it and look at the river and everything else!

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted September 23, 2008, by Joseph A Perkins (Perkmed [at] att [dot] net)

The first train to cross the bridge was done so with railmen Joseph Alfred Perkins,James Perkins and Eddie Perkins May 1930.Yardmaster, conductor and engineer respectively.My grandfather and uncles. photo was avilable but misplaced. Now looking for an additional copy.Any assistance would be deeply appreciated.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted July 9, 2007, by d ball (private)

my father grew up in mississippi, but we were raised in oklahoma. we always went back to see his family, at least once a year and often twice. the old bridge was unlike any other; pretty much an exercise in terror! i remember how the steel curbs along the side were polished to a brilliant shine from the truckers rubbing their tires as they would slowly make their way, creeping bumper-to-bumper across the river. if the slow crawl and the close quarters weren't enough, then the train would come rumbling down the bridge, shaking the whole thing! that must be an INCREDIBLY strong structure to support all the weight it has. sadly, dad died just a few months before the new bridge opened, and he never got to drive it. now i cannot even drive over the old bridge to reminisce about my fond memories of dad, mississippi, and our trips. *sigh*...

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted May 19, 2007, by Al Watters (awatterssarge [at] aol [dot] com)

Thank the 412th Engineer Command, based in Vicksburg for the nice American Flag flying attop the bridge. Helps keep us all focused.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted November 10, 2006, by Jim Corcoran (jimcoriii [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is a key element in the novel, "The Trainman", by P.T. Deutermann, 1999, St. Martins Press.

An entire novel featuring RR bridges over the Mississippi.

Good read, specially for bridge fans, just remember it's only fiction as they come tumbling down!!!

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted June 28, 2006, by Ronnie Bogner (weedtech [at] jps [dot] net)

I remember crossing the old Vicksburg Bridge in a semi in the summer of '71. There was glass all over the roadway from broken mirrors because it was so narrow people's mirrors would get knocked off by oncoming traffic. The bridge was part of truckers' lore for a few decades. I you hadn't been across the Vicksburg Bridge, you weren't a real trucker.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted March 20, 2006, by Anonymous

If I remember right, this bridge is part of a 99 year lease that the railroad retains. Somehow, this lease works out that the bridge will be maintained by the RR for the most part, and can not be demolished so long as they keep "ownership" of it.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted January 2, 2006, by Greg (gjordan [at] triad [dot] rr [dot] com)

I took a pic of it today and drove across the new bridge!

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted December 8, 2005, by Bill Black (William [dot] Black [at] Berlin [dot] de)

The bridge replaced a ferry. I've seen references stating that it opened 1 May 1930, but at least one reference (at http://nchgs.org/transportation/A&VRR/) indicates that the railroad started using it 28 April 1930. Warren County, MS, purchased it 30 April 1947.

You can see a picture of the old ferry here: http://www.rootsweb.com/~lamadiso/madphotos.htm (scroll down under "Miscellaneous").

I know that the Vicksburg Bridge Company promoted it and US 80 heavily for coast-to-coast travel. They published at least one promotional map "U. S. 80 San Diego to Savannah via Vicksburg, Mississippi," which occasionally pops up on the online auction services.

Old Vicksburg Bridge
Posted November 30, 2005, by Jon Davis (fordpower03 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If anyone knows what this bridge replaced, when it was built in 1930, please reply to fordpower03@yahoo.com, subject "Old Ms. River Bridge"..... THANKS!!