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
Completed in 1933, the soaring Cedar Street Bridge ironically no longer carries Cedar Street across the Illinois River; it’s now called the MacArthur Highway. I find it interesting in that it is probably one of the first major bridges in… Continue Reading
Built in 1910, the old Waltmire Bridge has been closed for what seems to be decades. Why was it here? The road is desolate, and few people live around here. We assumed that newer highways replaced the traffic needs of… 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 days are numbered for the old Kingshighway Viaduct, about to be reduced to rubble in the next month or so. I stopped by to take some pictures of the demolition, only to realize it had not yet begun. Turns… Continue Reading
The old roadside inn is looking good down in the Eureka area near the Meramec River compared to four years ago. Sadly, the bridge was condemned, its road bed removed. If you have interest in Route 66, consider donating to… Continue Reading
The isolated southern side of the Meramec River Valley continues to fascinate us. We had previously spotted this railroad viaduct the last trip, and this time we drove down. It’s developed quite the patina over the years. Pevely Farms was… Continue Reading
When the railroad came through Vandalia, they came right up behind the old statehouse. Since it was built on top of a hill, there is a steep cut through the hill, buttressed with stone piers.