Teoc, Mississippi is a small community off Highway 7 north, between Greenwood and Avalon. Research on New Deal Administration buildings in Mississippi introduced me to Teoc, and upon discovering it is just off the road I travel to and from Indianola every week, I finally took a detour on the way home when I had a few extra minutes to spare. I noticed a sign that said “Iron Bridge Church” and just as I crossed the concrete bridge over Little Teoc Creek, glanced to my right.
According to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resources Inventory (and I just cannot say too many times what an incredible resource that is), the Teoc Creek Bridge was constructed in 1917. Thus far, I have not located anything in the newspaper archives, but A. K. Gilbert (2006. A Leader Born: The Life of Admiral John Sidney McCain, Pacific Carrier Commander. Philadelphia: Casemate.) reports:
When the dirt road extended to the south (as it did in olden days) it crossed an antique iron bridge, called the “iron bridge.” That was the original entrance to Teoc.
The Teoc community, home to the family of Senator John McCain, the J. T. Long Store, and the Teoc Community House constructed by the New Deal Administration to name just a few, was listed in the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s “10 Most Endangered Places” in 2009, and as of the 2017 update, no progress has been made in saving this unique community in Mississippi history.