Byram was originally incorporated in 1870. The town was named for A.M. Byram, an early settler who donated land for the location of the depot. The town surrendered its incorporation during the Great Depression when it could no longer fund municipal services. In 2007, a judge ruled that Byram could incorporate with about 20 square miles (52 km). On June 15, 2009, Byram officially became Mississippi’s 297th municipality. Its Mayor and Board of Aldermen were sworn in Monday, June 22nd, 2009 at the State Capitol. Home of the Swinging Bridge – Built in 1905, the Byram Swinging Bridge was the only access across the Pearl River at Byram. It is one of the few remaining examples of a popular type of short-span vehicular suspension bridge often constructed in Mississippi in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since approximately 1987, the Byram Swinging Bridge has only been open to foot traffic and is now a historical landmark.
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