In the decade following the Civil War, the Mississippi River began to lose its standing as the primary transport artery in the Midwest. Railroads were taking over, and Chicago was rapidly becoming the center of Midwestern commerce. The Eads Bridge was the first major railroad link over the Mississippi, constructed by the city of St. Louis in an attempt to maintain its dominance as a regional commercial hub.
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Water TransportationEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1874Eads BridgeEast St. LouisState: ILZip: 62201Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Eads-Bridge/Creator: Eads, James
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Patrick Yodarus (CC BY-SA 2.0)Era_date_from: 1874