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St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics #2708577
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I got around to playing with the pics I took a couple of weeks ago at the St. Louis Old RT66 Chain of Rocks bridge car show. The car show is actually held on the bridge. You sign up and enter the narrow bridge on the MO side and drive across to the IL side and turn around and drive back towards MO and park along the rail in a row with the other show cars.
This canter lever bridge was built around 1929 to cross the Mississippi river from IL to MO. It was unique because of the 22 degree turn mid river.
It was closed to traffic in 1970 and is now a bike/walking bridge. The new bridge I-270 is just north of this bridge.
I was able to get a shot of the two mid river St. Louis water treatment plant intake structures from the bridge. The farthest one is the oldest built around 1894 and the closer one was built around 1911.
Great show and location. Some Mopars included below.

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Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: FM3AAR] #2708578
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Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: FM3AAR] #2708587
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The cars were nice, the weather looked great, and i loved the bridge eek biggrin. up

Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: jcc] #2708605
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Thanks. A very different car show venue for sure. How about that enclosed trailer? Pretty cool I thought. thumbs

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I left home when I was 15 in 1977 and walked across this bridge to Illinois to live with my stepdad. There were holes in the deck big enough to fall through to the river

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Wow!!! How beautifully scenic!! Thanks.


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Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: larrymopar360] #2708643
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Originally Posted by larrymopar360
Wow!!! How beautifully scenic!! Thanks.


It's a cool bridge with a tragic history.
Locally it's know as the murder site of the Kerry Sisters in 1991.

The Chain of Rocks Bridge had been built in 1929 as a toll bridge across the Mississippi River and became the most famous crossing for Route 66. The bridge was closed in 1967 when the new Chain of Rocks Bridge was built for I-270 just to the north of this bridge. Following its closure the bridge gained a reputation for crime and violence. On the night of April 4, 1991 Julie Kerry age 20, her sister Robin age 19 along with their cousin Thomas Cummins age 19, were on the bridge. While they were on the bridge they met a group of four men, Marlin Gray, Antonio Richardson, Reginald Clemons and Daniel Winfrey, whom they had not known before. The two groups talked and the men showed the girls and their cousin a manhole cover which would allow them to get down to one of the piers on the bridge. The groups then separated. After a while the four men decided they were going to rob the three. The men instructed them to get down on the ground. The two girls were grabbed and raped. The three were also robbed and then told to go down through the manhole cover to the pier. Once there the two girls were pushed off into the river and their cousin jumped off as instructed. The cousin survived 70 foot fall to the river and was able to swim to shore. The body of Julie Kerry was found three weeks later near Caruthersville, Missouri about 150 miles down stream, and the body of Robin Kerry has never been found. When the four men were apprehended they had in their possession some property belonging to the other three.

Marlin Gray, Antonio Richardson, and Reginald Clemons were convicted and sentenced to death. Daniel Winfrey who was 15 at the time of the crime plead guilty to second-degree murder and forcible rape and testified against the other three in their trials, and is serving a 30 year sentence. Gray was executed in 2005, Clemons remains on death row, and Richardson's death sentence was commuted to life in prison by the Supreme Court of Missouri because he was sentenced by a judge and not a jury.

The coordinates listed are the middle of the bridge on the Missouri-Illinois state line. The bridge is now open as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks..._Chain_of_Rocks_Bridge_St_Louis_Missouri


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Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: SNK-EYZ] #2708663
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Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and the tragic history of the bridge.

Long live the death penalty.

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Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: BloFish] #2708754
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what is the weight limit on the bridge now ?
that is a very unique venue for a show ! up
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PS : thanks for sharing ! bow

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Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: FM3AAR] #2708755
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That is a cool venue.

What are those little buildings sticking up out of the water for?

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the OP said those were water treatment plant intakes. they are quite old as described in his first post.
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Re: St. Louis RT66 Old Chain of Rocks bridge car show pics [Re: FM3AAR] #2708778
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Thanks for sharing!
I am adding this destination to my bucket list.


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I remember as a young child my Dad would always be scared when we got to the bend in the bridge because most people would drive too fast and not be in their lane. It was two way traffic and there wasn't any extra room to more over. If I remember there were a lot of wreaks on that bridge.

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Originally Posted by FM3AAR
Thanks. A very different car show venue for sure. How about that enclosed trailer? Pretty cool I thought. thumbs


The enclosed trailer got past me, yea, cool indeed up

I got stuck on , pun intended, on how I would get in that car. laugh2

Thanks again for posting a fun thread.

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Originally Posted by jcc
Originally Posted by FM3AAR
Thanks. A very different car show venue for sure. How about that enclosed trailer? Pretty cool I thought. thumbs


The enclosed trailer got past me, yea, cool indeed up

I got stuck on , pun intended, on how I would get in that car. laugh2

Thanks again for posting a fun thread.


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More oddball trivia about the Chain of Rocks Bridge, the bridge scene in the Kurt Russell movie "Escape From New York" was filmed on it.

https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM192Z_Old_Chain_of_Rocks_Bridge_Escape_From_New_York

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Originally Posted by SNK-EYZ
More oddball trivia about the Chain of Rocks Bridge, the bridge scene in the Kurt Russel movie "Escape From New York" was filmed on it.

https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM192Z_Old_Chain_of_Rocks_Bridge_Escape_From_New_York


I knew that bridge looked familiar, saw that movie in Paris when it first came out after flying in from New York. laugh2

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