St. Louis, Missouri

When you think of a bridge, the Chain of Rocks Bridge is not what you imagine. Connecting St. Louis, Missouri and Madison, Illinois, it is a bridge you will never forget!

It covers over a mile in length, and takes a sharp 30 degree turn right in the middle of the water!

The bridge got its name from a bunch of crazy rapids that are located just north of St. Louis, although since then things have been done to the river to stop the rapids from being so dangerous.

The eastern side of the bridge is actually located on Chouteau Island, belonging to Illinois. Interesting fact about this island, is that it is actually a cluster of 3 small manmade islands.

All together, they only cover about 5,500 square feet. These islands were actually made in the 40s and 50s, when the Chain of Rocks Canal was made.

The Chain of Rocks bridge is by far the most interesting bridge you will drive across during your entire drive on route 66, and the more you learn about the history of this bridge, the more amazing it is to see in person!

Additional Resources

NPS.gov

HistoricBridges.org

BridgeHunter.com