The Eads Bridge is a combined road and railway bridge over the Mississippi River connecting the cities of St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois. It is located on the St. Louis riverfront between Laclede's Landing, to the north, and the grounds of the Gateway Arch, to the south.
National Historic Landmark Eads Bridge is the world's first steel-truss bridge, and an engineering marvel. After the Civil War and the expansion of the nation's railroad system, it became apparent that for St. Louis to survive, a bridge across the Mississippi River was essential.
Completed in 1874, it is the oldest bridge standing on the Mississippi River. It was designed and built by James Buchanan Eads, an engineer famous for his ironclad gunboats built for the Union in the Civil War. Learn more about the Eads Bridge at the musuem under the Gateway Arch.
The Eads Bridge separates the West from the East, and at the time of its dedication on Independence Day 1874, it was the largest bridge in the world. The St. Louis Bridge, as it was originally named, was also the first to use steel and cantilevered construction. The two outer spans are 500 feet long, and the central one stretches 520 feet.
Eads' great Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior in 1964 and on October 21, 1974 was listed as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Eads Bridge is one of the oldest in St. Louis and is one of the few pedestrians can walk across. Spanning the Mississippi just north of the Arch, there are good views of the city and the Arch from the middle. Metro stations connect the ends of the bridge.
Eads Bridge Primary Photographer (s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber Bridge Documented: November 15, 2016 and August 27, 2021 View Photos and Videos View Maps and Links Facility Carried / Feature Intersected Washington Avenue (Riverpark Drive) and Railroad (MetroLink) Over Mississippi River and Various Streets and Railroads Location
Dedicated in 1874, the Eads Bridge is the oldest bridge still in operation across the Mississippi River. After almost a century and a half of use, a $48 million comprehensive rehabilitation project was needed to extend the life of the bridge for 75 years for pedestrians, vehicles and the MetroLink light rails system.
Eads Bridge | bridge, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States | Britannica Other articles where Eads Bridge is discussed: James B. Eads: …contract for a steel triple-arch bridge over the river at St. Louis, which he began on Aug. 20, 1867.
The Eads Bridge was the first major railroad link over the Mississippi, constructed by the city of St. Louis in an attempt to maintain its dominance as a regional commercial hub. The bridge's designer and builder, James Buchanan Eads, faced unbelievable challenges: political and financial wrangles; shipwrecks, ice storms, and tornadoes; and 14 ...