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Mahned Bridge
Mahned Bridge, underside camelback truss.jpg
Underside of camelback truss in 2014
Nearest city New Augusta, Mississippi
Built 1903
Built by Chicago Bridge and Iron Company
Architectural style Camelback & Pratt through truss
NRHP reference No. 97001379
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Added to NRHP November 24, 1997

The Mahned Bridge was constructed in 1903 and spans the Leaf River in Perry County, Mississippi. Around 1980, the bridge was removed from service and access was terminated. The bridge was declared a Mississippi Landmark in 1996 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

History

The Mahned Bridge was constructed by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a prefabricated, one lane, iron truss structure. Completed in 1903, the bridge was one of the first to span the Leaf River in south Mississippi. The bridge derives its name from the nearby rural community of Mahned.

Description

Two iron trusses, Camelback and Pratt, comprise the main structure and are positioned on metal caissons filled with concrete. Overall length of the two truss spans is 335 feet (102 m). The deck was composed of wooden planking 18 feet (5.5 m) wide, but the deck was removed after the bridge was closed.

Notoriety

The remote location of Mahned Bridge, several miles from the small town of New Augusta, made it a favorite gathering spot among college and high school students for star gazing and other activities.

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