MacArthur Bridge Approaches, Revisited

A giant freight train was rumbling by up above, and yet again I found myself staring up at the shear sublime beauty of the MacArthur Bridge. An article about its inception was just published in the Post-Dispatch.

Playing Around With My New Camera

I finally have my new camera, to which many of you generously donated money, up and running with a wide angle lens. I thought I should drive around and take some pictures of long or tall buildings to show it off. Above the MacArthur Bridge. Below, warehouses on the Near North Riverfront. Here is the…

I Heard There Used To Be A City Here

I had a coupon for White Castle, so I headed over to the location on South Broadway, which is right in the middle of what could most diplomatically be described as a wasteland. Local historians claim tens of thousands of people once lived within a five minute walk of Gratiot, Cerre and their intersections with…

Steel

There’s not a lot to say about these pictures, other than how I was fascinated how the approaches to the MacArthur Bridge create hundreds of irregularly shaped picture frames, framing the city in hundreds of unique ways.

The Riverfront, Desolation

With the recent removal and dismantlement of the Admiral, the riverfront has lost one of the last (if not particularly healthy) beacons of activity on what was once a bustling wharf. When I first moved to St. Louis, there were at least three more riverboats on the levee: the Robert E. Lee, the McDonalds, and…

Chouteau’s Landing

Update: I have gone back many more times over the year. You can see my posts on the area here. I plan on making many, many more trips to Chouteau’s Landing, the warehouse district underneath the approaches to the MacArthur Bridge just south of the Arch. Though mostly abandoned nowadays, the narrow streets probably created…

Riverfront Vistas

I love the massive, hulking strength of early 20th Century architecture. Overengineered to last forever, their remnants stand proudly, often in better shape than their younger counterparts. Whether it’s the massive approaches to the MacArthur Bridge, or the long dormant Cahokia Power Station, these behemoths, blackened with soot from Southern Illinois Coal, or just a…