Sunday, January 26, 2014

Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge

We recently took a trip to visit the Old Chain Of Rocks bridge on old Route 66 across the Mississippi river between Illinois and Missouri. The Eagle Days festival was going on, but we only saw one eagle while on the bridge. We saw several on the drive down though, they are numerous along the bluffs of the Mississippi between Grafton and Alton.

It's a neat old mile long bridge with a 30 degree bend in it. There is a Route 66 photo op, a couple of benches and bike racks on it. It is open to pedestrians and bicyclers only, automobiles are not allowed.

Read more about it here, it is rather interesting.
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/chain_of_rocks_bridge_illinois_missouri.html


Here are a some photos:



Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge





Looking back at the Illinois side of the bridge





30 degree bend in the bridge near the Missouri side.





Trying to capture the slope down towards the Illinois side





Photo op built off the side of the bridge.
It is on wooden 2x6s that have gaps between
the boards so you can see the river
rushing nearly 60 feet below !




One of just a couple old lights left on the bridge
that has obviously been used for target practice a lot !





Low water dam
Looking down river towards St Louis
(you can barely make buildings out on the horizon, to the left)




St Louis skyline
The Gateway Arch is in the center,
the new Stan Musial bridge on the left and 
the Edwards Jones Dome on the right.






Water intake, so ornate !




Another water intake,
note the year of 1891 at the bottom.






Low water dam






One of the hundreds of gulls that fly in search of food
above the rapids caused by the low water dam.


1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous pictures and this looks like such a wonderful place to visit!

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