The bridge has now been almost completely shorn of its infamous road deck, but there are still some traces of the steel trusses above the rail deck that allude to the former double function of this Mississippi River span.
What a huge company Crunden-Martin must have been back in the day, occupying all of these massive buildings. But then a fire ripped through one of the buildings, which is still gutted, as you can see. I don’t think the… Continue Reading
The rebuilding of the inadequate, dangerous ramp that hugged the street grid south of the Poplar Street Bridge and gave northbound I-55 access to the eastbound lanes has begun. The piece of concrete above has changed since the last time… Continue Reading
I’ve always loved the massive steel girders of the MacArthur Bridge, snaking its way through Chouteau’s Landing. It even goes over the top of a warehouse at one point–that would never be allowed nowadays. I am giving a free lecture… Continue Reading
I come back to the MacArthur Bridge’s Missouri approaches frequently, as the giant steel lattice makes for great pictures.
A giant freight train was rumbling by up above, and yet again I found myself staring up at the shear sublime beauty of the MacArthur Bridge. An article about its inception was just published in the Post-Dispatch.
The dramatic fog of smoke that settled up and down the river in St. Louis during this fire was unforgettable. And we lose yet another building on Chouteau’s Landing.
Update: When I went back in August of 2018, the buildings had not changed. Crunden-Martin Manufacturing was one of those industries East Coast types like to cite when talking about the so-called “Rust Belt.” Famous for its wood products, the… Continue Reading