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Named for A.M. Byram, who donated land for a railroad depot, Byram was first incorporated in 1870, unincorporated during the Great Depression, and reincorporated in 2009, largely as a response to attempts by the city of Jackson to annex the area in 1991, and a drawn out lawsuit by residents of Byram against the city of Jackson. Byram is in Hinds County, in lower western Mississippi. The city is home to the Byram Swinging Bridge, built in 1905 as the only access across the Pearl River, and currently one of only a few remaining examples of the once popular suspension bridges built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, although it is open only to foot traffic today. Besides Jackson, about ten miles to the northeast, other nearby communities include Florence, Pearl, Raymond, Richland, Sinai, Spring Ridge, and Terry.

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