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St. Louis Bridge

The Bridge at St. Louis
F. Welcker
Democrat Lithography and Printing Company
The Bridge at St. Louis
Color lithograph, 1874
Prints & Photographs Division
Copyright deposits, 1874 (133.5)

James Buchanan Eads (1820-1887) used cantilever supports and a new alloy steel to create the longest span arches of any bridge up until that time. The massive structure linked east and west over the turbulent river at St. Louis. In 1879, five years after its completion, Walt Whitman wrote: "I have haunted the river every night lately, where I could get a look at the bridge by moonlight. It is indeed a structure of perfection and beauty unsurpassable, and I never tire of it." The vignettes that surround the panoramic view of the bridge provide details of the progress of its innovative construction and a portrait of Eads.

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