Three Steel Arches

The historic Eads Bridge was the most southerly Mississippi River railroad crossing when it opened in the mid-1870s, and that opening was a major national event.  The span was one of the first significant steel bridges in the world.  Its design and construction techniques were considered daring -- to the point that many  commentators of the era predicted that that project would never succeed.  The bridge, not without some early problems, has endured. 

Regular railroad traffic ceased using it in the late 1980s.  MetroLink replaced the old rails on the lower level.  An eastbound train is visible by the near pier.  The upper level, reconstructed, provides a vehicular and pedestrian passageway. 

This photo was taken from an overlook on the fringes of the Gateway Arch area, more formally known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. 

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