Stereograph card collection, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries
Unidentified Black man standing in front of the Great Bridge at Memphis, Tennessee, 1901. Card is titled: "14305. The Great Bridge and Train at Memphis, Tenn." Photographer: B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH.
The bridge, known later as the Memphis Bridge and then the Frisco Bridge, opened in 1892 for the use of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway and was the only bridge across the Mississippi River south of St. Louis at that time. Pedestrians, buggies, and, later, automobiles used it before the Harahan Bridge opened in 1916 (the bridge was closed to such traffic while a train was crossing).
Kilburn, B. W., "Memphis, Great Mississippi Bridge, 1901" (2021). Other images. 28.