I-55 Under Construction

  I wish I could go back in time and tell the mayor of St. Louis that he was making the biggest mistake of his life by building the interstates through the heart of the city. Sixty years later, our nation is addicted to a product that can only be procured through great expense or…

Riverfront

Update: The Riverfront was completely renovated and now has a different appearance. I never get tired of the view of downtown St. Louis from the river; maybe most people live out in the red brick neighborhoods out of sight of downtown, but looking at these glass and steel skyscrapers and one of the best monuments…

The Admiral Has Left the Levee

Above is an old photograph of the conversion of the Albatross to the Admiral, long an institution providing cruises up and down the Mississippi River. I never saw the Admiral in its glory days; by the time I visited the boat it was permanently moored on the riverfront. My family and I went to the…

Corrosion, Gateway Arch

Much ado recently has been made of the corrosion of the Gateway Arch, now coming up on its 50th Anniversary. I don’t know why I had never noticed it before, but blemishes are clearly visible on the legs of the Arch. While Modernist structures are often regarded as “new,” it bears reminding that many of…

The Eads Bridge

Updated in September 2018 with rearranged photos and additional commentary. The Eads Bridge is my favorite bridge across the Mississippi River in downtown, though the MacArthur is a close second. The oldest bridge across the river at St. Louis, it utilized structural steel on a massive scale for the first time. Interestingly, though, there is…

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…

Backwards Clock

Does anybody know where this is and why it’s backwards? I want to see if you can figure it out.

Eads Bridge 135 Years Old Today

Update: The new bridge opened in February of 2014. The links that previously appeared in this article are now dead. The Post-Dispatch reports on the anniversary of the Eads Bridge. As talk continues for a new Mississippi Bridge, will the forthcoming span be as economically beneficial as the Eads was so many years ago?