-- Historic American Engineering Record
Fascinating pictorial...That was a gorgeous bridge.
There's a video of the implosion here:
I have always gone under the bridge on the Illinois side to go 4 wheelin' and dirt bikin'. I have been known a time or two to get stuck down there. I have built bonfires and have tailgate parties with a few friends. I would have to say...most of memories of back home were under that bridge. I'm glad I was a part of it.
I remember crossing this when I was younger (probably in the mid 1990s). This bridge was a louder bridge to cross than most, and I looked out of the car to see why: large portions of the floor were metal grates, through which you could see the waters below.
After that, I never really cared to cross the bridge. At least the other ones I had crossed didn't have water visible directly underneath the car.
That old bridge was always scary to cross. Way too narrow. Even as a teenager, I was having a hard time keeping the car within the lane without driving off the side or hitting someone head on. Know a few people killed crossing the bridge. But, it was historical. Another piece of Cape Girardeau history sorry to see go. They could have kept it as a one-way bridge.
That was 1 old Bridge.
One early memory, as a kid,
was the thrill of going fast,
with a friend;"Doc", driving his
"souped-up" 71 El Cameno SS, from
the MO. side up to the first ramp
so as to actually go airbourn!
...At least for a few secounds.
He had to get a runup to it.
Well, it was fun.