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Byram Swinging Bridge

Byram Swinging Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 13, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway (Swinging Bridge Road) Over Pearl River
Location
Byram: Hinds County, Mississippi and Rankin County, Mississippi: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Schuster and Jacob of Fayette, Mississippi

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
200 Feet (61 Meters)
Structure Length
360 Feet (110 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a large swinging style suspension bridge with riveted, latticed, and laced suspension towers. The bridge was built in 1905 using a patented design of timber anchorage. It appears the patented anchorage no longer remains as the anchorage seen today looks newer and the main cable does not appear to be original. The floorbeams on the bridge appear to date to after 1950 as well because they have USS (United States Steel) logos on them. USS didn't mark their logo on steel until around 1950. At least some of the unusual bent eyebar rods that form the suspenders for the bridge may be original as the design as unusual and archaic. Reportedly a local blacksmith, De Witt Mason, forged these rods.

The builder of the bridge is not clear. The sign at the bridge says the "residents of Hinds and Rankin Counties" while Bridgehunter.com lists W.H. Groome and Son. A historical news article about the bridge lists that a contract was let to Charles P. Matthews. Yet a further post on Bridgehunter.com from Kay Davis stated the following: My grandfather Ed Matthews drew the plans for the bridge. He and his father, Charles P. Matthews didn't get the contract, but the company that did had to hire Ed Matthews to build the bridge!

It is not known who the actual awarded contractor was.

View National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Bridge

View Patent For The Original Anchorage of This Bridge

View Historical Article About This Bridge

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
32.176661,-90.243447

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