During 1867-1874 a man by the name of James Buchanan Eads, built the Eads bridge that spans the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO. It was the first bridge to span the Mississippi and it is a beautiful one too. Here is a close up of part of the bridge.
A beauty, isn’t it? You can find more information on this bridge here.
The bridge was to give back to St. Louis an economic edge over Chicago. More and more people were heading over to Chicago and St. Louis needed to do something about that. So they built a bridge. 🙂
Now you are probably wondering what does this have to do with the arch. Well, the design of the arch was copied from the arches in the bridge.
Ok, so now you know that little bit of history. You should read more about that bridge, very interesting. Back to the top of the arch.
We reach the top and look out of iddy-biddy windows. It’s a good thing everyone else was also looking out the windows and not paying attention to all the butts sticking out. Just had to say that.
Here is the very center of the arch; 630 feet up. How would you like to be on top, putting everything together? The margin of error that was accepted to make both sides meet was 1/164th of an inch. You can read all about it here.
This is what you see on one side. A flooded Mississippi.
And this is what you see on the other side. The Cardinals baseball field. They were practicing. 🙂
You can also see the city of St. Louis and the Eads bridge and all those teeny-tiny people below.
If there is a nice breeze outside, you can feel the arch sway. Which is pretty cool. We couldn’t feel it this time. Bummer.
The floor of the arch is not flat. It is curved. I wanted to show you a picture of it, but couldn’t get a good shot. So here is a shot of us leaving. The camera is pointing straight ahead and you can see the family below.
Now we are heading back down, down, down….
Here is the family looking up to the arch from the ground level.
And this is what I saw looking straight up.
This last shot is a street going under the bridge. The height limit is 12’2″, but as you can see only about 4 feet is above the water.
We didn’t go that way. 😀
More on our trip up north coming sometime in my future and possibly yours too.