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Grand Avenue Suspension Bridge


Postcard: side view

BH Photo #107204


Lost suspension bridge over Mill Creek Valley on Grand Avenue
Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri
Replaced as part of an "urban renewal project"
Built 1891 by the King Bridge Co.; replaced in 1959 by the Grand Avenue Viaduct
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- St. Louis Public Service Co. (PSCO)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
- Streetcar
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Eyebar suspension
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 700.0 ft.
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.62941, -90.23551   (decimal degrees)
38°37'46" N, 90°14'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/740646/4279278 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite City
Inventory number
BH 22631 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2022: New photo from Drew a. Walters
  • July 1, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
  • May 18, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • May 25, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added categories "St. Louis Public Service Co.", "Rail-and-Road", "Railroad", "Streetcar"
  • November 19, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash RR line drawing
  • March 13, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Modified history and name
  • September 13, 2010: New photo from Eric Kinkhorst

Related Bridges 



Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted May 31, 2010, by Steve Severino (sev921 [at] aol [dot] com)

I found a mounted print of this bridge when it was under construction. I found it behind another painting when the glass broke in front of the painting broke. It was a sepia tone picture.

Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted January 6, 2009, by JZ (Zoomjz [at] aol [dot] com)

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the original bridge was a tie-bar suspension and the current bridge was built in 1959, not 1962.

Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted September 21, 2008, by Robert M. Bruce (robertmbruce [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is postcard view of the Grand Avenue Viaduct as seen from the southwest about 100 years ago.

Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted April 27, 2007, by Ronald Zimmer (ronzimmer [at] members [dot] asce [dot] org)

The Grand streetcar crossed this bridge. The normal location for streetcar tracks was in the middle of the street, but as the tracks approached this bridge they shifted to the curb line. This permitted the use of lighter floorbeams (cross members) to support the deck since two streetcars could not load the center of the floorbeam at the same time. This track layout caused some traffic problems as the streetcars shifted from the middle of the roadway to the curbline and then back again.

Grand Avenue Bridge
Posted September 8, 2006, by tom wessel (ts [at] centurytel [dot] net)

I was just describing that bridge to my daughter the other day as we were driving around.

We called it the Grand Avenue Viaduct. It crossed the railyards just south of SLU. I used to go to the eye doctor in a large office building near SLU. Grandma would make an appointment for 4 o'clock or so. She would give me two dimes. One for the streetcar ride from St. Mary's HS to the Dr. office and one for the ride home. I had to use the first one to get there on time. But when I came out I had all the time in the world and a dime in my pocket. So I always walked from SLU to Humphrey Street. As I neared home there was a Velvet Freeze at Grand and Connecticut. I alays stopped and got a two dip Swiss Chocolate cone. Yummy.

I still remember crossing the bridge . The outer "sidewalks" consisted of huge creosoted planks. They were about 10 feet long (width of the sidewalk) and were probably 2X8's. The thing is they were loosish and had gaps between them. You could look straight down and see the trains and tracks about 100 feet below you. And the boards kind of moved under your feet. You can see the walkways on the picture.

I would like to cross that bridge and get a two dipper at VF one more time.