OverviewWashington Bridge (Franklin County, Missouri)
Side viewDODX - Temporal Road Trestle (Pulaski County, Missouri)
River traffic passing underneathMKT - Boonville Railroad Bridge (3rd) (Cooper County, Missouri)
East portalCox Ford Bridge (Caldwell County, Missouri)
Oblique viewCharlie Dye Bridge (Grundy County, Missouri)
View from downstreamBurfordville Covered Bridge 25-16-01 (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)
View of bridge and the CapitolJefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
North sideBonanza Bridge (Caldwell County, Missouri)
View from southeastBellerive Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
West portalForest Avenue Bridge (Daviess County, Missouri)
OverviewBennett Spring Bridge (Laclede County, Missouri)
Main spanDevils Elbow Arch Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
OverviewPikes Peak Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
Google quietly pushed back their price increase until July 16. In the meantime I've re-enabled Street View.
In preparation for tomorrow's Google Maps Day of Reckoning, I've removed the embedded Street View widgets from all pages. Links are still provided to access the Street View imagery on Google's site.
Some notes about the stretch from Cairo, Illinois, to St. Louis. The big decision is whether to travel up the Missouri or Illinois side, and I've included ideas for both.
RJC: I doubt you'll have time for hardly any of these, but I wanted to put together a list for future reference for anybody else traveling this route. And maybe you'll find an interesting diversion or two you wouldn't know about otherwise.
Combination bridge and floodgate at north end of Cairo:
Highway 3 intersection with Sears and Roebuck Road north of Cairo - although long gone, this is near the site of a 40-acre lumber mill where Sears produced pre-fabricated homes that were sold by catalog and shipped throughout the country by rail:
Abandoned girder bridge next to Highway 3 on the left:
"Singing Bridge Road" just off Highway 3 (the bridge is gone, but the old road features vintage concrete pavement that is like driving back in time):
Horseshoe Lake State Wildlife Area offers bald eagle watching if you're interested in that (look for the nest along West Side Drive near Miller City Road)
Thebes Bridge (best view is from the riverfront at the boat ramp, but the old courthouse is also good):
Gale Bridge is right next to Highway 3 on the right (drive across and notice how the bridge is curved):
LaRue/Pine Hills is one of the scenic wonders of the Midwest and it's only a few minutes drive off Highway 3 on Big Muddy Levee Road:
Halsey Bridge (on the road to/from Pine Hills):
Grand Tower Pipeline Suspension Bridge (one of the longest of its kind in the world, follow the signs for Devils Backbone Park)
Chester Bridge (spectacular, but is down to one-lane traffic this summer for repairs; follow the "Truck Bypass" for the best views from the riverfront):
Stone Arch Bridges of Monroe County (there's several of these German-style bridges; the easiest to see is Gall Road Bridge which is right off Highway 3 in Columbia):
Oldest concrete highway in Missouri (unfortunately it's a bit hard to follow now because the bridge on County Road 307 is closed):
Old Appleton Bridge (was completely destroyed by a flash flood and rebuilt):
Kaskaskia Island (site of the first Illinois capital but thanks to some geographical weirdness is only reachable from Missouri):
Ste. Genevieve, the town with a National Park coming soon:
Meramec River Bridge on Highway 21 (first of its kind built in the U.S.; best access is by taking the Meramec Bottom Road exit from I-55 and following Meramec Bottom Road west to the bridge):
Downtown St. Louis: The Gateway Arch grounds and nearby interstates have been under construction for years, with the projects finally starting to wrap up this year, but getting around and parking is still tricky (beware of outdated guidebooks and websites which don't reflect recent changes):
MacArthur Bridge - Chouteau Avenue and Leonor K. Sullivan Drive offer excellent views of this bridge:
Eads Bridge - Best views and access is from the Gateway Arch grounds. You can also drive across into Illinois, turn left at the Casino Queen exit, and then turn left on the riverfront road which will take you to Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park with an excellent overlook of the Arch and Eads Bridge:
McKinley Bridge north of downtown St. Louis (provides a convenient way to cross over to Illinois for driving up to Chain of Rocks):
Be sure to approach the Chain of Rocks bridges from the Illinois side!
Well, well, well. I did some forensic analysis on the IP number used by both "Local Resident" and "Amanda".
And what did I find? This little beauty of a link:
Wikipedia has banned a particular user, "I Love Bridges", for the "Creation of hoax bridge articles, and meddling with existing ones."
The same IP number used by Amanda is mentioned on that page. It has been banned from Wikipedia for a year because of long-term abuse.
Good riddance, Amanda. Wikipedia was right to ban you, but I'm not willing to settle for a one year ban. You and your hoaxes and copyright violations are not welcome here ever again.
I was shocked, shocked to discover that the first comment from "Local Resident" was posted from the same IP number used by Amanda in the past, and that this IP number is registered to an internet provider that is 1,200 miles away from the Drew Bridge.
I've tried to follow the advice of "Don't feed the trolls" but this is getting ridiculous.
Pierce County Washington's Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is hosting an interpretive sign dedication at this bridge on Tuesday, May 15.
For more information: http://piercecountywa.org/5738/McMillin-Bridge
Yes, that's the correct donation link.
I had to disable comments on Uglybridges.com, now BridgeReports.com, because of problems with spammers and troublemakers posting sexually explicit content. It's always something.
Yes, it's all good. Thank you!
Latest updates about the bridge collapse (in short, we still don't know much):
Everybody raves about the DJI drones, but they're rather expensive. I'd suggest starting out with something cheaper, that way if you lose it in a river, it's not a huge setback.
For example, I bought a MJX Bugs B2C drone for $140 last Christmas. It has GPS, so it is able to maintain its own position while hovering. The controls are dead simple -- up/down, forward/backward, rotate left/right. Taking off and landing is easy, although it does require a song-and-dance to calibrate it before each flight.
It has a built-in camera which is adequate but not great. Unfortunately the weather has been so cold and windy so far this year that I haven't been able to take it out bridgehunting yet.
Laura: I'm not sure where the plaque from the Laflin Bridge ended up. The Bollinger County Archives & Genealogical Center in Marble Hill might know the answer.
Clip of surveillance video shows a portion of the collapse:
The blame game begins:
Story includes a rendering (scroll down) of what the finished bridge was supposed to look like:
"FIU employee heard a loud crack crossing under the bridge. Hours later, it collapsed.":
"Construction Firms Behind Collapsed FIU Bridge Faced Accusations of Unsafe Practices":
Attention "Justin": I know your real identity. Knock it off.