Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Zip Code 63137

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Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Chain of Rocks Bridge

The old Chain of Rocks Bridge was built in 1929 and at one point in its history carried Bypass US 66 across the Mississippi River. In 1967, the new Chain of Rocks Bridge was built to carry Highway 270, so the old bridge was closed. For 30 years the old bridge was abandoned and was eventually going to be torn down. But because of the high cost of demolition, nobody ever got around to it. Because of its deteriorated look, it was actually used for a scene in the 1981 movie "Escape From New York City." It was fortunate for the residents of the St. Louis Metro area that it wasn't torn down because in 1998 renovations on the bridge began and the old Chain of Rocks Bridge was transformed into the Route 66 Bikeway that is a 1 mile long paved trail on the bridge, crossing the Mississippi River and connecting the St. Louis Riverfront Trail with the MCT Confluence Trail (via the Chain of Rocks Road) on the Illinois side. The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is also a popular place for Bald Eagle watching in the winter. In 2006 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Location

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Access from Riverview Drive
St. Louis, MO 63137
Crosses over the Mississippi River just south of the new Chain of Rocks Bridge/Highway 270

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Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
Route 66 memorabilia on the Bridge
Route 66 memorabilia on the Bridge
View of Chouteau Island from the Bridge
View of Chouteau Island from the Bridge
Historic Water Intake Towers on the Mississippi River
Historic Water Intake Towers on the Mississippi River
The Water Intake Tower #2 on the Mississippi River
The Water Intake Tower #2 on the Mississippi River
Route 66 Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Route 66 Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Water Intake Tower #1 on the Mississippi River
Water Intake Tower #1 on the Mississippi River
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
Route 66 memorabilia on the Bridge
Route 66 memorabilia on the Bridge
View of the New Chain of Rocks Bridge
View of the New Chain of Rocks Bridge
Illinois side (Chouteau Island) of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
Illinois side (Chouteau Island) of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Bikeway
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