The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The Old Chain of Rocks bridge is just a short distance north of St. Louis, MO. This bridge used to carry the famous Route 66 highway across the Mississippi River. Today this bridge is limited to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and is part of a trail system that is being developed in the area.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you wish to visit the bridge by car, you should park on Chouteau Island on the Illinois side of the river. The parking lot on the Missouri side is closed off these days, most likely due to safety concerns.  You can also ride a bike from St. Louis to the bridge if you wish, or park a couple of miles away from the bridge on the Missouri side and walk.

This is the entrance to the bridge from Illinois.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a pedestrian’s view of the bridge.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bridge is unique because of a 22 degree bend in the middle.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is some memorabilia on the bridge from the old days when it used to serve road traffic.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou find this rusted sign at the Missouri end of the bridge.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere also is a small rest area on the Missouri side of the bridge.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what the entrance to the bridge from Missouri looks like.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next few pictures are from the bridge.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe pictures below were taken from one of the trails on Chouteau Island.  The first picture also shows a water intake from the river, and the new Chain of Rocks bridge that carries Interstate 270 across the Mississippi.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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K. Joseph

I am an engineer by training. I am exploring new horizons after having spent many years in the Industry. My interests are varied and I tend to write about what is on my mind at any particular moment in time.

5 thoughts on “The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge”

  1. Love your pictures of route 66 and the bridge. Route 66 holds so many memories of song and words. I travelled with Kerouac in my youth.
    In Australia we also have a bridge that would appeal to your engineering side. Like yours it has a bend in it which feels quite bizarre and also quite dangerous when driving over it. It is a two deck bridge with rail and pedestrian underneath the road on the upper storey. Not only that it has an opening bascule span so shipping can travel past on the river. Some photos and information can be seen https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/system/files/engineering-heritage-australia/nomination-title/GraftonBrisbane_Railway_Nomination.pdf
    or of course Wikipedia (Grafton Bridge).

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    1. Interesting story of the Grafton bridge. Looks like they are building (or have already built) a new bridge close to the old one. Amazing to hear that you traveled with Kerouac. You must have been quite young! I love exploring the forgotten America.

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