A view of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and St Louis water intake towers from the Mississippi River.
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge was named after the 17-mile long shoal in the river, called the Chain of Rocks, a series of underwater rock ledges that create rapids making boat navigation extremely dangerous.
The bridge was constructed near the enchanting water intake towers for the Chain of Rocks pumping station, and it is infamous for its unusual 30-degree bend near its center. At 5353 feet long, slightly longer than a mile, it is one of the longest continuous steel truss bridges in the United States. It is also the longest Route 66 river crossing. The piers for the bridge are 55 feet above the Mississippi River's high water mark, giving you a view of the St Louis Arch above the trees some 20+ miles away.
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September 23rd, 2022
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