Friday Feature ~ Byram Swinging Bridge, MS

The Swinging Bridge of Byram, MS

The Swinging Bridge of Byram, MS

For some strange reason, I have a fascination with bridges.  It might have something to do with the fact that I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, a city with several bridges spanning the St. John’s River.

As a child, I remember being both enamored and terrified every time we would cross the river.  The massive bridges rose high above the water, and when we traversed one, I was never certain that we would make it across.  My blood pressure and pulse would both lower as soon as we made it over.

Despite my childhood drama, I still acquired a bridge preoccupation.

Recently, I began photographing bridges in Mississippi.  Thus far, I have only visited two sites, but soon hope to travel to others.  You may recall my Weekly Photo Challenge called Eerie, in which I posted a night shot of one of them in Vicksburg.  I’ll post more of those at a later date.

Today, I chose to feature a unique suspension bridge in Byram, MS.

snash byram swinging bridge expanseBuilt in 1905, it crosses the Pearl River.  Listed on the national register of historic places in 1979, it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1987.

I loved the blue sky and bright clouds in the background

I loved the blue sky and bright clouds in the background

When I first discovered the Byram swinging bridge, it was still open to cars.  Back then, I was very young and rather crazy.  The big dare for locals was to accelerate quickly when approaching the bridge, then come to a sudden stop in the center, causing the bridge to bounce in a freakish rocking motion.  This was not the smartest thing to do, since the river below is often deep and known as a habitat for alligators.   I imagine the propensity for this prank is one of the main reasons the bridge later closed to vehicles.

snash byram swinging bridge cablesWith wire cables suspended from two towers, it anchors down on the river bank on both sides.

snash byram swinging bridge side viewThe combination of the wooden planks and the rustic cables makes for a very beautiful sight.

The Pearl River, as seen from the bridge

The Pearl River, as seen from the bridge

Bridges offer a link, connection, or means of coming together.  Christ bridged our way back to God.  By trusting in His sacrifice for our sins, we can become His child and then spend eternity in heaven.  Joining our lives with Him is our decision, though.

snash byram swinging bridge close upCome and let us join ourselves to the LORD
In a perpetual covenant
Jeremiah 50:5

I hope you enjoyed these bridge photos. I will post more soon!

Sue Nash/2013

30 thoughts on “Friday Feature ~ Byram Swinging Bridge, MS

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  2. Teri Metts

    Great photographs!! I especially love the last one of the leaf with the bridge in the background. This post brought back a lot of memories for me. When I was little we lived in south Jackson near Daniel Memorial Baptist Church. My grandparents lived in Cleary. The quickest way from our house to theirs was by way of Byram and the swinging bridge, but every time we went that way, I would scream and cry until we got over the bridge. My poor parents. 🙂 So, more often than not we’d go the long way around to highway 49 (the old hwy. 49) and over. Later as a teenager, like you, I had a fascination with the old bridge and remember us making trips to “just hang out” there. A trip back may need to be in my not-so-distant future.

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  3. lilkaraphael

    I love the beautiful pictures and the way you relate them to our connection with God. I lived in Jacksonville for nearly a year and those bridges are still a source of anxiety for me! 🙂

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      1. lilkaraphael

        I would rather ride a roller coaster than drive across the Dames Point? bridge. It was the newest bridge in the early nineties when I lived there.

        Your posts are always a blessing to me. I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  5. Jane Bridges

    I LOVE THE swinging bridge!! I went over the original ALL the time because I lived in Florence and my Mother was from Vicksburg so we went that way as a short cut. I would ALWAYS scare them by doing what you did and stopping in the middle to make it sway. Both of my parents hated it since neither could swim. Hey, it never fell. 🙂 I have an oil painting of the original in my home painted by a dear friend of mine (Freda Shack) that died many years ago. I look at it almost every day!! Thanks for the memories, Sue and the OTHER bridge built by Jesus is the BEST bridge of all!!! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!!!!

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  6. greenlightlady

    I love the ‘Bridge’ you led us to, Sue. Bridges fascinate me also; one of my earliest childhood memories was of crossing the bridge to go visit Grandma. Your last picture with the leaf is my favorite.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  7. Heidi Viars

    These are wonderful pictures. The one with the leaf is my favorite. Thank you for pointing us to the Lord. Where would we be without that wonderful bridge? Thanks for reminding us!

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  8. Especially Made

    I’m such a scaredy cat. I’m not a big fan of bridges because of similar fears that you had (but I developed those fears as an adult). But I love your photos! This swinging bridge is probably one that I would just admire from a distance … like I’m doing right now. 🙂

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  9. surreellife84

    I loved these pictures of the bridge but the last one is my favorite… I am brand new to this blogging thing and thought it was a fun idea to look at photos and comment or tell a story about them. When I saw this picture a thousand love stories passed through my brain.. movies use shots like this to portray the idea of moving onto something new or past a difficult time… the image of the dried up leaf also sent the message of change to my brain. So together I came up with this…I lie here on this warm and sunny day shhhh if you’re quiet you can feel it sway… beneath me so sturdy so strong here to last forever… unlike me whose time has passed…I lay here dried and withered waiting to be carried on by the wind to the next chapter of my existence…. Hope you liked it…..-sreel

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      1. "light and salt"

        I’ll bet. I got a camera for Christmas but I’m still “fiddling around” with stuff. I do better with trial and error than learning about “f-stops” and such!

        Steve 🙂

      2. heavenlyraindrops Post author

        Hey and that’s the beauty of Program mode! These cameras are so smart they can do pretty good at thinking for you. I’m learning, too, but have a brother who knows to a about photography. He has taught me so much, but if folks saw all the photos I dump, they would see how blessed I am to ever get a good shot! Have fun learning. 😊

      3. "light and salt"

        I agree with you. These cameras are very “smart.” I turn mine on, then focus on what I’m shooting, try a few select settings, find one that’s pleasing to my eye, and fire away!

        I also dump a number of shots…

        Have a very great day and good luck with the pics. They do look great!

        Steve 🙂

  10. Jennifer Wilson

    Does anyone know the exact date that the Byram Bridge closed? (located in Byram, MS) . . . My dad just loaned me a photograph that he took of the bridge (along with his old GMC pickup). It is my understanding from information given on this site that the bridge closed to vehicular traffic in 1987, but I would love to indicate the EXACT DATE on the back of my dad’s old photograph. Thanks!

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