Yazoo River Bridge.

DODGE COUPE FIRST CAR CROSS THE NEW RIVER BRIDGE

Driving a Dodge Coupe, Mrs. S. J. Riley, wife of Contractor Riley, accompanied by Mrs. Stanford, wife of Engineer Stanford of the Highway Department, supervising engineer of the construction work of the new Yazoo River bridge, the first automobile was driven across the structure Saturday afternoon, coming from the north bank of the river.

Moving pictures of the event were taken and will be displayed in Greenwood later.

From the Greenwood Daily Commonwealth, March 16, 1925

PUBLIC SERVICE GEN. S. R. KEESLER COMMEMORATED

BRIDGE WILL BE CHRISTENED BY GREAT-GREAT-
GRANDDAUGHTER OF COL. LEFLORE

HONOR IS DESERVED

Water From Spring At Malmaison Will Be Used In Ceremonies Of Naming Bridge Leflore County’s magnificent new bridge will be officially known as the “Keesler Bridge”.

This action was taken by the Board of Supervisors at its meeting this morning, when the other four members of the Board enthusiastically endorsed a petition of citizens asking that the bridge be named for General Keesler, out of recognition for his services and his devotion to it’s construction.

The official christening of the bridge will form an important of the ceremonies at the official opening of the bridge, which will be celebrated Thursday.

Past and present will link hands when little Elizabeth Leflore Ray, great-great granddaughter of Colonel Greenwood Leflore, will christen the bridge, “Keesler Bridge”, with pure spring water from the spring at Malmaison, Greenwood Leflore’s home.

From the Greenwood Daily Commonwealth, May 4, 1925

S. J. RILEY DIES FROM INJURIES

Columbus, Miss., Nov. 19. - S. J. Riley, contractor of the new $180,000 bridge across the Tombigbee River, who was critically injured Wednesday afternoon, died late last night, following the accident. Another worker on the bridge was killed instantly.

Mr. Riley supervised the construction of the Keesler Bridge at Greenwood, which was formally opened on May 7, 1925, and made many warm friends during his stay in Greenwood while the bridge was under construction.

Mr. Riley will be buried at Poplar Bluff, Mo.

From The Greenwood Daily Commonwealth, November 19, 1926

SNAG BOAT TO CLEAR RIVERS AROUND HERE

Keesler Bridge Turned This Morning To Permit
Government Boat Jos. E. Ransdell To Pass

For the second time since its grand opening in June 1925, the Keesler Bridge has been turned to permit the passing of a big boat. Last week it was turned to permit a dredge boat to pass on its way to the Gulf Coast. This morning the big bridge was swung so that the government snag-boat, Jos. E. Ransdell, of Vicksburg, might pass up the river.

The Jos. E. Ransdell, in charge of Captain J. H. Bobbs, will go the Tallahatchie River as far as Minter City, removing obstructions and clearing the channel of trees, etc. Then about August 1, it will come down the Yazoo again on its way to Vicksburg after clearing the Yazoo of obstructions.

The boat belongs to the Vicksburg river district and is used for the purpose of clearing up inland waterways. This is its first trip to Greenwood in several years, and the Captain expects to accomplish much good for the benefit of traffic. The Jos. E. Ransdell is especially built for the purpose of clearing away any and all obstructions, no matter how large, and is powerfully constructed. It is navigated by huge paddle wheels located behind the stern.

The boat arrived in Greenwood about 7:30 o’clock and the bridge was swung about 8 o’clock by state highway and local highway workers. General S. R. Keesler stated this morning that despite the fact that the bridge is rarely turned, it operated very smoothly and except for a slight glitch, which will be corrected by the state highway department soon, it was perfect. A large throng watched the operation, as the Jos. E. Ramsdell has been expected for several days.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, July 19, 1927

Yazoo Bridge Will Be Turned For Barge

Scores of people expectantly lined the banks of the Yazoo River at Greenwood this afternoon awaiting the arrival of a government barge and river tug.

The real object of curiosity however, was not the barge itself, but rather the Yazoo Bridge, which will have to be turned to permit passage of the barge on its trip up the river. Workmen of the State Highway Department have been working for several nights preparing the bridge for turning. Years have passed since the mechanism was called into action, and it was necessary to make a number of repairs and through lubrication to facilitate the turning.

The low level of the river caused the barge considerable trouble early this afternoon just below Greenwood. The use of the dragline was necessary to aid the tug. The barge was expected to arrive at the bridge, however by five o’clock this afternoon.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, May 29, 1941

Keesler Bridge will be opened sometime within the next ten days to permit the Monighan dragline, now stationed at Glendora, to move down the Yazoo River. Notification of the necessity of opening the bridge was given to the city by the Pioneer Construction Company of Dyersburg,Tenn., which has been engaged in constructing cutoffs in the Tallahatchie River as part of the flood control program

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 2, 1942

A crew has been at work on the Keesler Bridge yesterday and today getting the swing span ready to be opened for the passage of a dredge boat down the river within the next few days. The dredge has been up the Tallahatchie River near Glendora digging cutoffs as part of the flood control system.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 10, 1942

Keesler Bridge was opened this morning for the passage down river of a dredge boat, which has been making cutoffs in the Tallahatchie River near Glendora. Passage of a boat on the river involves opening bridges in Leflore County at Minter City, Money, Shellmound on the Tallahatchie and Greenwood, Fort Loring, Roebuck, Shell Bluff and Silent Shade on the Yazoo.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 12, 1942

Bridge To Open Tomorrow Noon

Dredge Boat Passage Will Necessitate Opening
of Yazoo River Bridge Tomorrow

The Sheriff’s office announced today that the Keesler Bridge across the Yazoo River would be opened sometime tomorrow, probably around noon, to allow a dredge boat to pass up the river where it will be used in making cutoffs near Phillip and Glendora.

This message was received from the contractors in moving the dredge boat up the river from Vicksburg.

The boat is now south of Greenwood on its trip up the river and will probably reach here tomorrow at the time mentioned.

The announcement is made so that users of the highway as well as people living in North Greenwood may arrange their schedules so as to avoid any delay. No definite time can be computed as to how long the bridge will remain open due to some matters that may arise in opening and closing the structure.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 20, 1943

Traffic was tied up for nearly an hour yesterday afternoon about three o’clock when the Keesler Bridge at Greenwood was opened for the passage of a dredge boat going up the Yazoo River for work in the Tallahatchie River.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 22, 1943

Bridge Will Be Opened At 2 O’clock

Announcement is made by the ones in charge of dredging above Greenwood that the Keesler Bridge across the Yazoo River at Greenwood will be opened this afternoon at 2 o’clock to allow passage of a dredge boat. Notice is given in order that those using this thoroughfare may know of the bridge opening and act accordingly in traffic use of the structure.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, August 21, 1943

Will Turn River Bridge Tomorrow

The State Highway Department announced that the bridge across the Yazoo River will be turned sometime Thursday to permit passage of a barge containing a Model 6160 Bucyrus-Monighan walking dragline machine which is enroute for work on the Yalobusha River channel improvement project. The dragline is the property of the Kenyon Dredging Co., Inc. of Bauxite, Arkansas.

As soon as any definite information is available as to the time of arrival of the barge, both local radio stations will broadcast the information at intervals.

The announcement is made for the benefit of motorists using the bridge daily.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, May 30, 1951

Turn Bridge Friday Night

According to information received here this afternoon relative to turning of the Yazoo River bridge to allow a barge to pass, the tentative schedule at present is that the bridge will not be turned until 7:30 o’clock Friday night.

Part of the mechanism of the bridge across the river at Silent Shade was found out of order and it is hoped to get same repaired by 7 o’clock Friday morning and the barge started toward Greenwood. Silent Shade is about 40 river miles south of Greenwood.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, May 31, 1951

Bridge Expected Turned Tonight

The Yazoo River Bridge will be turned tonight at 7:30 o’clock if plans go ahead as scheduled to permit passage of the huge walking dragline aboard a barge enroute to location for work on the Yalobusha River channel improvement project.

N. J. Corona, secretary-treasurer of the Kenyon Dredging Co., Inc., of Bauxite, Ark., is in Greenwood today looking after details of the project for the company.

The barge containing the dragline is 60 x 20 feet and requires a 65 foot clearance. It is being pushed up the river by two small tugs. Due to the low water in the Yalobusha River, the dragline will be carried up the Tallahatchie River and unloaded at Craigside. This will call for opening the Tallahatchie bridge at the north end of Grand Boulevard. After unloading, the dragline will be walked to location. The machine can pick up 10 yards, or approximately 15 tons of dirt at one operation.

The contracting company will open an office here, employing about 12 men as office personnel. Others will be hired later for the project.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, June 1, 1951

Announcement of the turning of the Yazoo River Bridge, Greenwood, MS.

Announcement of the turning of the Yazoo River Bridge, Greenwood, MS.

Will Turn Bridge Thursday Night

The State Highway Department plans to turn the Yazoo River Bridge Thursday night to allow passage of a barge owned by Grimmett, Janes & Traylor, Port Barre, La. The time scheduled is 11 o’clock.

The barge together with other machinery is being brought up the river from Vicksburg where it will engage in channel improvement starting at the mouth of the Yalobusha River to the Avalon bridge.

Yesterday the county turned the bridge across the Yazoo River at Silent Shade, Shell Bluff and Roebuck. The railroad turned the ridge at Fort Loring this morning.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, April 29, 1953

Will Turn Bridge Tonight 11 o’clock

W. A. Birdsong, assistant district engineer for the State Highway Department, Batesville, said at noon today that everything was in readiness for turning the bridge across the Yazoo River tonight at 11 o’clock. He has assembled a crew here for the job and said that everything was in good shape and that he anticipated no trouble. He hoped to complete the job in 45 minutes.

The barge, owned by Grimmett, Janes & Traylor of La Barre, La., is enroute up the Yazoo to the mouth of the Yalobusha River where work of channel improvement will be done on that stream as far as the Avalon bridge. The barge is at the bridge in Greenwood awaiting passage through tonight.

Fire Chief Ruben G. Duren said that all emergency equipment in the city, such as ambulances, wreckers, etc., are invited to make use of the Fire Station No. 3 tonight during the turning of the bridge. The telephone number is 3293.

After the barge passes the Yazoo River bridge it will have to pass the railroad bridge further upstream before it reaches its destination.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, April 30, 1953

Turn Bridge Again Tonight

The State Highway Department will turn the Yazoo River bridge again tonight at 11 o’clock to allow passage of the towboat that carried the barge upriver Thursday night.

The towboat is enroute to Vicksburg after delivering equipment of Grimmett, Janes & Traylor of La Barre, La., to the mouth of the Yalobusha River where channel improvement work will be started.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, May 2, 1953

Members of the State Highway Department as they put their weight to the huge key used to turn the Yazoo River Bridge.

Members of the State Highway Department turn huge key used to turn the Yazoo River Bridge.

Above is shown members of the State Highway Department as they put their weight to the huge key used to turn the Yazoo River Bridge.

The turning of the Yazoo River Bridge last week marks the end of an era for Greenwood. With the completion of the new permanent span bridge at the Buckeye Oil Mill, no other heavy river traffic will be able to pass that point. The old bridge seemed to know that the end of its turning days had come. It took several hours of toil and manipulation to turn her around as she rebelled at every turn of the key.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, May 6, 1953

Turn Bridge Tonight At 11

The Yazoo River bridge will be turned tonight at 11:00 o’clock to allow a large barge to pass, according to information from Mayor Allen D. Saffold.

The bridge has been turned several times recently and each time there has been considerable delay in traffic. The difficulty in turning the bridge appears to be in the turning apparatus which for several years has not been used enough to keep it in first class shape.

All preparations for a smooth turning will be made prior to the arrival of the barge.

Persons planning to visit the opposite side of the river should, for their own convenience and to assist in eliminating as much traffic as possible, return to their side of the river before 11 o’clock.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, July 14, 1953

Bridge To Open Again Tonight

The Yazoo River Bridge will again be opened tonight at 11:00 to allow a barge carrying a large dragline for the Kenyon Dredging Company down the river. The dragline has been on the Yalobusha River clearing the channel. It came up the river several months ago.

From The Greenwood Commonwealth, July 16, 1953

Keesler Bridge over the Yazoo River, Greenwood, MS, circa 2006.

Keesler Bridge over the Yazoo River, Greenwood, MS, circa 2006.

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