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 ...
This arch bridge is referenced to be 6,442 ft. (1,964 m) long, 46 ft. (14 m) wide, and each of the three arch spans measures 505 ft. (153.9 m). It was the world's first all steel-truss bridge; its upper deck carries vehicular traffic, and MetroLink light rail (marked as "M") is on the lower deck.
Eads Bridge: The Story of The Oldest Bridge on the Mississippi River. Destinations. We tell the story of the Eads Bridge in St. Louis. In 1974--one hundred years after its completion--New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable described the Eads Bridge in St. Louis as "among the most beautiful works of man."
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.
The Eads Bridge, which became an icon of St. Louis, is still in use. The bridge crosses the St. Louis riverfront between Laclede’s Landing to the north, and the grounds of the Gateway Arch, to the south. Previously, Eads Bridge had hosted only passenger trains on its rail deck.
The Eads Bridge is located in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the first large span bridge over the Mississippi River to be built and it serves as a crossing point for both motorists and railroad...
St. Louis Freight Tunnel. The St. Louis Freight Tunnel is a historic railroad tunnel beneath Washington Avenue and Eighth Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Completed in 1874, it bypassed busy downtown streets between the Eads Bridge and the rail yards in the Mill Creek Valley.  Today it carries MetroLink light rail trains.
Like the Gateway Arch Today, Eads Bridge Once Symbolized the City. The Eads Bridge, completed in St. Louis in 1874, was the world’s first steel arch bridge. It was also the world’s first important steel structure of any type, leading to a revolution in the construction of bridges and buildings.
On July 4th, 1874, the Eads Bridge was completed, becoming the first bridge to cross the Mississippi River in St. Louis. The bridge was dedicated by President Ulysses S. Grant, and the golden spike was driven in by William T. Sherman.
Eads Bridge: First Full-Scale Rehabilitation for a St. Louis Icon. 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 ...