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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Eads Bridge: 1901

Eads Bridge: 1901

"Eads Bridge, St. Louis, Missouri, 1901." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Re: Eads today

The boat beyond the the bridge is the Admiral, a historic fixture in St. Louis for years. It was scrapped in July. See more here.

James Buchanan Eads

Mr Eads owned a shipyard at the time of the Civil War. He is well known for having built a fleet of war ships that patrolled the Mississippi River. There is a lot more interesting info about him on Wikipedia.

I'm working on a museum in Western Tenn (Discovery Park of America), where we will be building a 50-foot interior section (replica) of one of his war boats.

The Mississippi river flowing downstream

"We rounded St Louis, and headed for the coast,
when we picked up Chuck Berry in a little row boat...

Seeing the river and that bridge reminded me of that old Rainmakers song!

The only thing missing is the arch, and the Cardinals!

Stonework

I live in Illinois, about 20 miles from this bridge. The stones to build this bridge were taken from the Fort de Chartres in Prarie du Rocher. The Fort fell into disrepair (it never saw a battle) so while it was deteriorating, the stones were moved west to build the bridge.

Eads today

Note the arch and modern riverboat in the background.

 
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