Taken from UCEB/HWY 18
Photo taken by Channin Rosenthal in May 2009
BH Photo #139735
This is the former Illinois Central Railroad bridge spanning the Hatchie River, just north of Bolivar and near the former Shandy Station. Originally the Mississippi Central Railroad when built along this corridor in 1856-1858, it was acquired by the IC RR in the 1870s. IC RR engineer Casey Jones operated trains along this corridor from Jackson, TN, to Mississippi; he was killed in an infamous MS train wreck in 1900. A couple of weeks ago, I too tried to hike along the abandoned RR corridor to get closer to the bridge, but couldn't due to the overgrown brush and thickets. I'm inventoried the bridge for a TDOT highway project to widen SR-18. If anyone has any additional information about this RR bridge, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Robbie D. Jones, Architectural Historian, Nashville.
A friend of mine has seen this bridge on the side of the road for years. He finally convinced me to go check it out this weekend. We tried to find some way to actually get close to the bridge, but there was just NO way that we could find without taking a chainsaw to clear a path. I went to a little store about 100 meters down the road and inquired about the bridge. An older gentleman told me that the bridge had not had a train over it in about 40 years. No one knew the name of the bridge or what company built it. I did blow up one photo and saw what looks like the year(?) 1911. Any info that anyone has would be greatly appreciated.