MacArthur BridgeJanuary 15, 2010
Today I visited the MacArthur Bridge. I had been planning a trip along the abandoned road deck of this bridge for some time now, inspired initially by this account of an exploration of the Bridge (which I apparently stole the name of my blog from), and then by other sources such as the Post-Dispatch and Wikipedia. I had of course forgotten to do my homework before driving downtown, but luckily was able to find the entrance to the road deck from Chouteau Street very close to the Eat-Rite Diner.
Walking across the bridge was like a trip back to a time where roads didn’t need 10 lanes and trains needed more space than cars. Unfortunately the fog made the city almost invisible from the bridge, which I’m sure on a clear day would afford wonderful views, but at the same time the fog provided isolation from the more modern downtown skyline and allowed distraction free appreciation of the bridge.
Along the way is a prime advertising spot which holds many very faded ghost signs.
This bridge is a great monument that reflects St. Louis in many ways. The difficulty the city encountered navigating this project to completion is very familiar to us in 21st century St. Louis, as is the bridge’s abandonment as a road in the early 80s. Hopefully this landmark and its struggles will not be forgotten. Here are my photos from the trip.