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Union Avenue Bridge #1


First Melan Bridge On Tour Route, Side View Looking Ne

Photo taken by William A. II. Faust for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #313113


The nine Melan arch viaducts on Union Avenue were an integral part of the overall tour route through Vicksburg National Military Park, providing visitors safe and easy access to points of interest, uniformity and continuity in the park landscape. Bridge No. 8, spanning the Illinois Central Railroad, was removed in the 1960s, leaving eight of the original nine bridges.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Deck arch bridge over Unnamed creek on Union Avenue in Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi
Open to traffic
Built 1904
- William T. Young Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee
Closed-spandrel arch
Span length: 29.9 ft.
Total length: 29.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.34478, -90.84760   (decimal degrees)
32°20'41" N, 90°50'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/702561/3580689 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vicksburg East
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory number
BH 51608 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 22, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 11, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 5, 2012: Added by Ben Tate

Related Bridges 


  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER Documentation
  • HAER MS-14-A - Vicksburg National Military Park Roads & Bridges, Melan Arch Bridges, Spanning various tributaries at Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg, Warren County, MS
  • Geoff Hubbs


Union Avenue Bridge #1
Posted December 5, 2012, by Nathan Holth

One of five Melan arch bridges that are documented extensively in HAER: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ms0322/

Someone on BridgeHunter who has more time than me might be able to match and upload the correct photos from the HAER documentation to each of the five bridges as listed on Bridgehunter. In HAER, all five bridges are documented together, which makes it confusing. It looks like the drawings have UTM coordinates which might help.