Ulysses S. Grant Home and Chain of Rocks Bridge
Trip Start May 27, 2009
328Trip End Sep 18, 2013
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The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge spans one of the most scenic areas of the Mississippi River. When it was completed in 1929, it shortened travel time between St. Louis, Missouri and Edwardsville, Illinois. It is 5,353 feet long and is one of the longest continuous steel truss bridges in the country. The Chain of Rocks Bridge became a part of Route 66 in 1936 and was used until 1968 when the opening of the toll-free I-270 bridges caused a decline in traffic. Besides the new Interstate, another factor in the decline of the bridge was that it is just plain too narrow for the modern larger automobiles and trucks.
Today, the Chain of Rocks Bridge stands as a monument to man’s ingenuity and is preserved by the City of Madison and Trailnet. Autos can no longer cross the Chain of Rocks Bridge. It is only accessible to bikers and pedestrians and is now complete with Route 66 historical displays.