On the western end of Carondelet Park the large lake has a rustic stone bridge separating it into two parts, and fishing is allowed. The public restrooms have been closed for decades. The benches have various inscriptions from donors. This… Continue Reading
The water in the Mississippi River was high when I took this picture, and the parking lot on the Levee was completely submerged.
Update: See what lies under the Illinois approaches in this post from July 2019. To commemorate the bridge’s closure for repairs in the fall of 2018, I thought I would photograph the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge, which has… Continue Reading
The river crossing at Henry, Illinois over the Illinois River is a massive “Pennsylvania Through Truss” design built in 1933, replacing an earlier wood bridge. Since river traffic still makes it this far upstream, it must be high enough to… Continue Reading
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
Update: I revisited the area again in the summer of 2019. The near south riverfront, just below the Arch grounds on the Mississippi, is still a fascinating place. This giant crane, for example, is a mystery to me; what was… 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