Location Information
(for the Byram Swinging Bridge suspension bridge)
Name:Byram Swinging Bridge (suspension bridge)
Address:at Byram
over Pearl River
City/County:Byram, Hinds County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:c.1905
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:23 May 1979
MPS:Swinging Suspension Bridges of Mississippi
View National Register Nomination Form
Mississippi Landmark Information
Designated:06-20-1985
Recorded:09-19-1985
Context/Comments
Meeting the transportation needs of farmers and occasional travelers in Hinds and Rankin Counties, swinging suspension bridges were well suited for construction across the ravines and deep creek beds that separated rural settlement areas. Known locally as "swinging bridges" because of the tensile quality of the arched decks, the structures proved to be a remarkable vernacular adaptation of their larger predecessors, the Wheeling and Brooklyn bridges.