Tuesday, May 29, 2007

May 29, 2007 Grafton, Il

I am stilling in a very darling coffee shop in Grafton, Il called Beyond the Bubble. I left my camera in the room so I cannot include a picture.

Lewis and Clark statue in the Mississippi River below Edan Bridge at we left St. Louis this morning. Their dog Seaman is with them. Unfortunately the sun was at the wrong angle.

Another similiar statue at the Camp River Dubois visitors center.

A mural dedicated to the Underground Railroad along the Mississippi as we were leaving St. Louis.

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge along Route 66. This area of Route 66 was closed to cars and made a purfect bicycle route. 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. One of the most distinctive features of the Chain of Rocks Bridge is the 22-degree bend in the middle. This feature allowed southbound riverboats to align with the current, slip between the Bridge's piers and avoid crashing into two water intake towers midstream just south of the Bridge. 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.

For more on the bridge go to http://www.theroadwanderer.net/66Illinois/chain.htm

Along the way to Grafton I stopped at two visitor centers. The first was the Camp River Dubois Center http://www.campdubois.com/center.html and the other was National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam http://www.greatriverroad.com/Cities/EAlton/riverMuseum.htm

An interesting site along the way.

Also along the way http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chautauqua,_Illinois

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