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Yazoo City Swing Bridge

Yazoo City Swing Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 13, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Abandoned Road Over Yazoo River (Old Channel)
Yazoo City: Yazoo County, Mississippi: United States
Structure Type
Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing and Approach Spans: Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1882 By Builder/Contractor: King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
190 Feet (57.9 Meters)
Structure Length
275 Feet (83.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

A surprising find in an area that today has no resemblance of a navigable waterway, this long-abandoned bridge is among the oldest highway swing bridges in the country. The bridge was abandoned in 1937, and the river itself had a new channel dug, so the area this bridge crosses is no longer the main river. The bridge is now extremely overgrown by vines and other plants. The bridge features a brick substructure, which is extremely rare in America. Passaic Rolling Mill Co. brands on visible on the bridge iron. The bridge deserves to be preserved, perhaps relocated and preserved elsewhere. It is among the most significant historic bridges in the state. The builder is assumed to be the King Bridge Company due to its unusual bolt-like pins with unique square heads, and the design of the portal bracing. See the Hendrick's Ford Bridge for another King bridge with these pins. See the Fort Griffin Bridge for an example of a King Bridge with the same portal bracing. Bridge lengths given are very rough estimates.



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