HistoricBridges.org Menu: HistoricBridges.org Menu:

We Recommend These Resources:
Bach Steel - Experts at historic truss bridge restoration.

HistoricBridges.org: Bridge Browser

Byram Swinging Bridge

Byram Swinging Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 13, 2019

View Photos
and Videos
View Maps
and Links

Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway (Swinging Bridge Road) Over Pearl River
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 (109.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)
View Information About HSR Ratings

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


Photo Galleries and Videos: Byram Swinging Bridge

View Photo Gallery
Bridge Photo-Documentation
Original / Full Size Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
View Photo Gallery
Bridge Photo-Documentation
Mobile Optimized Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer


Maps and Links: Byram Swinging Bridge

Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):

View Bridge Location In:

Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within a half mile of this bridge.

Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within 10 miles of this bridge.

Google Maps

Google Streetview (If Available)

Bing Maps


Apple Maps (Via DuckDuckGo Search)

Apple Maps (Apple devices only)


HERE We Go Maps

ACME Mapper

Waze Map

Android: Open Location In Your Map or GPS App

Flickr Gallery (Find Nearby Photos)

Wikimedia Commons (Find Nearby Photos)

Directions Via Sygic For Android

Directions Via Sygic For iOS and Android Dolphin Browser

USGS National Map (United States Only)

Historical USGS Topo Maps (United States Only)

CalTopo Maps (United States Only)

Home Top


About - Contact

© Copyright 2003-2021, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.

Admin Login