Old Chain of Rocks Bridge


Old Chain of Rocks Bridge across the Mississippi River north of St. Louis
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, about 17 miles north of St. Louis, carried U.S. Route 66 across the Mississippi River in the heyday of the Mother Road. It has been closed to cars since the mid-1960s, replaced by the I-270 span a quarter mile or so to the north.  For a weekend in January each year, it’s the site of Eagle Days, when people flock there to observe bald eagles that gather nearby.  On the day I visited in late December, three bald eagles were visible in trees along the Missouri side. The bridge is a mile wide, linking Missouri and Illinois.


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