10500 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63137 / Cake artist: Katie Lucas

*National Register of Historic Places*

 

St. Louis takes pride that ‘the mother road’ U.S. Route 66 once passed through the city. The now-defunct highway (which was replaced with interstates and some highways) ran through some parts of the city, perhaps most notably on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The bridge that was spotlighted with a cake ran for nearly 40 years, starting in 1929. People had to pay a toll fee to cross it, but to most people…it was worth it! After all, it helped Illinois travelers get to North County quick without having to worry about the hustle and bustle of the city. The bridge closed in 1965, and it was eventually replaced with the current bridge (I-270). The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge was rehabbed and restored in the 1990s, and today it serves as a cornerstone of memories featuring Route 66 artifacts.¬†One of the world’s longest pedestrian/bicycle only bridges¬†welcome both bike riders and walkers for recreational purposes.

There are two ways to get to the bridge, or two ‘different sides’: the Missouri and Illinois. For the Missouri side, just park your car in front of the abandoned lot of Riverview Drive. Its very close to I-270. However, you should always lock your car and not leave valuables in sight. This is not coming from me; the Visitmo site states that. On the Illinois side, take the first exit (IL Hwy 3) and go south until you get to the first stoplight. Turn right, and keep going straight. You will be going over a one-lane bridge (over the Chain of Rocks canal). After that, keep going until you reach the parking lot. The bridge and park’s hours are available on the website.

 

On the Chain of Rocks Bridge, getting my kicks on Route 66!
On the Chain of Rocks Bridge, getting my kicks on Route 66!
Cake in front of Chain of Rocks Bridge and Route 66-themed Rest Area
Cake in front of Chain of Rocks Bridge and Route 66-themed Rest Area in Missouri

Cake placement date: March 7

Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $655 on 1/1/2015. On private property.

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