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Yazoo River Swing Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in February 2015


BH Photo #316747

Street View 


Made obsolete in 1937


Abandoned through truss swing bridge over Old Channel Yazoo River in Yazoo City
Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Mississippi
Completed in early 1882; abandoned in 1937
Swing span: Pin-connected, 13-panel Howe through truss resting on brick center pivot
North span: Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Approaches on both ends: Removed
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.84508, -90.42223   (decimal degrees)
32°50'42" N, 90°25'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/741258/3637057 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Yazoo City
Inventory number
BH 61718 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added stuff
  • October 17, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 23, 2015: New photo from James Baughn
  • February 21, 2015: New photos from James Baughn
  • February 18, 2015: Updated by James Baughn: Updated design following site visit - this is a true gem
  • July 14, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 14, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden


  • Luke
  • Douglas Butler
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Yazoo River Swing Bridge
Posted October 17, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The portal bracing also points to a possible King structure.

Yazoo River Swing Bridge
Posted October 17, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It would be really interesting to know when this bridge was built. It has pin connections with unusual pins that are actually giant bolts meaning one end has a solid square head attached to the threaded rod. I know the King Bridge Company sometimes used these in place of regular pins, but beyond that I have no idea if this bridge is a King.

Yazoo River Swing Bridge
Posted February 21, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That is a beauty... And a very old one at that! The portals suggest ca.1880's.

Wonder if Yazoo City really knows what a neat piece of history they have here?