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Centuries of Civil Engineering

Woodward, C. M. (1837-1914)
A history of the St. Louis bridge.
St. Louis, G. I. Jones and Company, 1881.
Water Supply
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The St. Louis Bridge had three spans, of 502, 520, and 502 feet. It was designed to carry two levels of traffic; horse-drawn carriages on the upper level, and a railway on the lower level. This lithograph drawing of one-half of the center span is from a lavish book devoted to the St. Louis Bridge, which was written by Calvin M. Woodward and published in 1881. It provides a good view of the triangular bracing that connected the steel tubes, as well as the horse and iron-horse conveyances above. The viewer should be reminded that each span was supported by four of these arches, spaced at twelve foot intervals; the flat perspective shows only one arch.


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