Event: Eads Bridge Is Constructed
Category: Planning and Development, St. Louis and the West, Transportation and Infrastructure
Brief Description: James B. Eads´ plan for a bridge across the Mississippi was accepted. Construction began late in 1867 and continued until 1874. On July 4, 1874, the dedication and celebration of the Eads bridge attracted an estimated 200,000 St. Louisans and their guests. The celebration was highlighted by a 14-mile-long parade that took two hours to pass a single reviewing stand. Those giving speeches included Mayor Joseph Brown, James B. Eads, the governors of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, and former Missouri Senator B. Gratz Brown. Prior to the July 4th dedication, the bridge was opened to the public on May 24th, 1874, and 25,000 crowded onto its upper deck.
Decade: 1860 - 1869
Beginning Date: 1867
Ending Date: 1867
site was made possible by: the City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency and