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.
Baden, more than any other neighborhood, probably has the most obviously defined entrance to it. When you’ve passed under the viaduct, you know you’re in Baden.
It’s interesting to think that even though the McKinley Bridge approaches begin in Hyde Park, the span looks so far away on 11th Street. One can imagine that there were once great views of the river back in the 19th… 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
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.
Built in 1902, the railroad bridge over the Cedar River at Nashua is a gem. It’s surprising to see such a massive, concrete arched bridge–it looks very old-fashioned for the technology of the early Twentieth Century. The remnants of the… Continue Reading
The past is the present again.