Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge,old US 90, Biloxi, Mississippi
Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge,Biloxi, Mississippi. Destroyed, 2005
With a tacky casino at one end and a shuttered marina at the other — and in between, a missing center piece — it's hard to imagine this humble bridge represents one of the last great spans on the Old Spanish Trail.
Though the OSTA prided itself for heroically bridging the swamps and great rivers along the Gulf Coast, unfortunately few bridges have survived to tell the story.
Pounding hurricanes, the creation of I-10, and the fact that most of the bridges were built with limited capacity damned them to obsolescence. Only five original big-span bridges survive along the eastern half of the OST and still carry traffic.
Now a public fishing pier, the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge opened in June 1930 with a parade of Confederate veterans and ex-servicemen marching across its concrete roadway.
Dedicated as a memorial to the local men and women who served in WW I, it was the last of 32 miles of bridges built on the OST between Mobile and New Orleans.
Directly connecting Ocean Springs to Biloxi, the bridge shaved off three miles from the old route skirting Biloxi's Back Bay.
If you have time, stop at the Ocean Springs side and park beyond the defunct Bridge Port Marina. Straight ahead are swooping concrete entry walls, beckoning you to walk where thousands once drove. If you really have time, bring a cooler, a comfortable chair, and a drop a line on the south side — we hear the Sheephead are biting.
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