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.
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