The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing celebration a couple of weeks ago included some horses, which waited patiently on the banks of the Mississippi.
The riverfront in St. Louis is still very much an active and bustling industrial area. Grain trucks rumble by, and trains cross the area on bridges and tracks. Corn kernals line the gutters, as the cargo of trucks spills on… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
The past is the present again.
Since the construction of the Chain of Rocks Canal, the stretch of Mississippi River between the entrances of that canal is the longest portion of the navigable channel without barge or large boat traffic. It is sublimely beautiful, and worth seeing… Continue Reading
The North Riverfront remains a fascinating, historic place. But I often find myself stymied by closed streets (though not as bad as on the South Riverfront), and superblocks that formed over the years. Also, sometimes street names change, as well.… Continue Reading
The City of St. Louis, over a century ago, kept a little “tail” of St. Louis County that stretches way up north, encompassing the city’s all-important Bissell Point water intake plants. But the odd part: there are houses up this… Continue Reading