Rails Across the Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis Bridge (New edition)
By: Robert W. Jackson (author)Paperback
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An absorbing tale of grand dreams, shady politics, daring engineering experiments, greed, ambition, and westward expansion, "Rails Across the Mississippi" is the first book-length history since 1881 to document the planning, financing, and construction of the first bridge across the Mississippi River at St. Louis, a national engineering landmark completed in 1874 that is now known as the Eads Bridge. James B. Eads - who was not even a trained engineer - proposed a radical arch bridge longer than any in existence using steel, a material thought unsuitable for long-span bridges by virtually every engineer in America and Europe. Robert W. Jackson takes a fresh look at this monumental project, dispelling the myths, filling in the gaps left by earlier scholarship, and detailing how Eads tenaciously overcame the many obstacles he faced to realize his unique vision.
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