Bridge visible via Google Earth image from 1992
Image captured by John Oechsner
BH Photo #228635
(Driving northbound on Telegraph Road) the southern approach of this bridge crosses Pomme Creek, and then you cross the main span over the Meramec.
One of the last Sunday drives my grandfather took me on was over the old Telegraph Road bridge. The river was flooded and I can remember the water lapping at the bridge superstructure. You could still drive across the old bridge when the river was at an elevation of 34 feet (it is in flood when it goes over elevation 24). At 36 feet the bridge had to be closed. During the great flood of 1993 the water level was so high that the entire bridge was submerged.
The third image in this slide show from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is taken during the flooding of 1993. So far, this is the only photo I've been able to find online of the old bridge.
Glad to see this bridge has a page; hope someone comes forward with a picture! My dad used to take me and my brother to the boat ramp just south of the bridge ("Flamm City Park") when we were younger only a year or two before they demolished it. Once they did, I remember making one particular trip where the remnants of the old bridge's trusses were sticking up through the water and the area was roped off, as to keep boats from being damaged on more twisted metal wreckage just below the surface. Being so young, getting a picture never crossed my mind, but it was quite a site that is still in my memories...
Information is quoted from the Arnold Historical Society page:
"The first European settler in Arnold was Jean Baptiste Gamache, who operated a ferry boat across the Meramec River in exchange for 1050 arpents of land granted by the King of Spain. This ferry was on the King's Trace or El Camino Real, (royal road), from St. Louis, Missouri, to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. This road became known as Telegraph after 1850, after the first telegraph lines in the state were put along it."
Thank you for posting the information about the Telegraph Road Bridge. I've attached a photo I took several weeks ago of the UCEB replacement bridge.
During the Flood of 1993, I lived in the South County area of St. Louis County. I saw an image of the old bridge surrounded by the flood water of the Meramec River. The deck of the bridge was submerged. I didn't have a subscription to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The image was on the front page of a newspaper. It was probably the South County Journal, part of the Suburban Journal papers. I wish I had kept that newspaper.