Two Events Coming Up Soon

I would like to invite my readers to two wonderful events coming up this weekend and the first weekend of October. Imagine yourself trapped between two hostile forces during the Civil War in Missouri. Caught in this huge conflict the enslaved Archer Alexander would earn his freedom, because of his brave act at the Peruque Creek bridge…

Merchants Bridge, Under Reconstruction, Part Two

I figured it was about time to get back out to the McKinley Bridge to survey the progress of reconstruction of the Merchants Bridge. Back in October of 2021, only the furthest east of the three trusses had been replaced, so I figured they were probably fairly far along on the second, middle one. As…

Merchants Bridge, Under Reconstruction

Update: See the replacement of the middle span from August of 2022. The venerable Merchants Bridge, which was built in 1890 and is the second oldest crossing at St. Louis, is being replaced by a new span which is using portions of the original. The original granite bridge piers, which are four in number, are…

North Broadway, Near and Far North Riverfront, Summer 2019

North Broadway never ceases to fascinate me. As usual, I refer to it as a street, and also an area. For example, the above and following two photos are on or around Holly Avenue. The image of east of Broadway, if you have one, is usually one of warehouses, factories, or sadly, abandonment. It is…

Horses, Far North Riverfront

The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing celebration a couple of weeks ago included some horses, which waited patiently on the banks of the Mississippi.

Grain Elevators and Railroad Tracks

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 its way to the grain elevator.

Merchants’ Bridge

Update: The bridge is being replaced with new trusses and renovated piers. 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. The McKinley Bridge is just to the south. Opened in 1889,…