Bloody Island, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, has a history that is closely intertwined with the city. Originally, it was the location of duels between Missouri politicians, and then it became a liability as it began to threaten the port of St. Louis.
Robert E. Lee was the officer in the Army Corps of Engineers who cleared out St. Louis’s channel and attached Bloody Island to Illinois, as it remains to this day.
Once the site of a huge network of railroad tracks and sidings that wound their way across the Eads and Macarthur Bridges, the area has returned to its forested origins, devoid of many signs of life and a few abandoned buildings, and all around desolate.
A few trains still pass through the area, as there is still an industrial presence at the various Cargill elevators along the riverfront.
But in general, a sense of abandonment permeates the area, and besides the red and yellow signs directing motorists to the Casino Queen, the dominant colors are browns, grays and traces of green.
The area is isolated, and not one where you should just go wandering without knowing where you’re going. Oddly, Google Maps has Bloody Island labeled on its maps. And yes, there are remains of yet another roundhouse in the area.