Rating:
3 votes

Halls Ferry Arch Bridge

Photos 

HAER color photo

This photo, from the Historic American Engineering Record, shows Halls Ferry Road passing underneath the bridge [HAER color transparency taken 1997 by William A. Faust]

BH Photo #108002

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

Constructed over five months in 1936-1937, the Confederate Avenue bridge spanning Halls Ferry Road is the only extant bridge of its type in the state of Mississippi. The bridge was included in the portion of land transferred to the city of Vicksburg in 1963. Now lying outside the park boundary and outside of park jurisdiction, the bridge is in a precarious situation, facing possible alteration or replacement.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Brick arch bridge on Confederate Avenue over Halls Ferry Road in Vicksburg
Location
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936-37
Builder
- Coggin & Deermont of Chipley, Florida
Design
Reinforced concrete closed-spandrel arch bridge faced with red brick
Dimensions
Span length: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 49.9 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.32906, -90.87633   (decimal degrees)
32°19'45" N, 90°52'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/699891/3578892 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vicksburg West
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88002421 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 22944 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 54.90 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • January 12, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 27, 2011: New photo from David Backlin
  • March 25, 2011: New photo from David Backlin
  • April 22, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 24, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Added NRHP record number and GPS coordinates

Sources 

  • HAER MS-14-C - Halls Ferry Road at Confederate Avenue
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • HAER MS-14-C - Vicksburg National Military Park Roads & Bridges, Halls Ferry Bridge, Spanning Halls Ferry Road at Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS

Comments 

Halls Ferry Arch Bridge
Posted March 28, 2015, by Buster Brasfield (bbjb93 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Our family tradition was "every time" while driving under the bridge you were to lick your finger and while touching the ceiling of the vehicle the driver would honk the horn then you would stick your finger out the window to dry while making a wish. I taught this to my kids as well.

Halls Ferry Arch Bridge
Posted December 3, 2014, by Laura Hyde (laura [at] dplot [dot] com)

While driving under the bridge, one MUST hold your feet up and make a wish, as the driver beeps the horn.Tradition for 50 years +