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Naheola Bridge

The Naheola Bridge, which spans the Tombigbee River between Choctaw County and Marengo County, was built in 1934 by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company for the Meridian & Bigbee Railroad. The name is a variant of the Choctaw word "naholo" ("white people of the water"), which were water spirits who sometimes kidnapped humans and turned them into water spirits as well. Until its closure in 2000, it was one of the few bridges in the world on which rail and automobile traffic shared the same surface. The structure is a vertical-lift bridge, with a center section that can be raised to allow for the passage of tall rivercraft.
Photo courtesy of Billy Milstead; Rural Southwest Alabama