The Merchants’ Bridge emerges from the undergrowth on the Far North Riverfront.
It is a very old bridge, built only slightly more than a decade after the much more famous Eads Bridge.
Opened in 1889, it was built to prevent a monopoly by the Terminal Railroad Association, who had taken over the Eads Bridge.
I find it interesting that there are so many bridge from downtown north, but none south until you reach the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.
Clearly the route west and the industrial might of the North Side was the cause.
Interestingly, it is one of the few bridges I’ve seen with very obvious power lines going above it.
There is talk of replacing this old guy with a new bridge, which would be sad, but also, quite frankly, the logical thing to do from an economic standpoint.
The bridge piers are massive! And two different types of stone. You can still see the clamp marks where the cranes hoisted the giant blocks of stone into place.
Senior citizens interested in attending a two-part lecture tomorrow, June 22 and 29, 2017 from 10:00-12:00 on the work of famous architects who also left their mark on St. Louis architecture with Chris Naffziger at OASIS in Clayton can register at this link.