200 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63102 / Cake artist: Dale Dufer

*National Register of Historic Places*

 

The Eads Bridge, named after its builder/designer, James B. Eads, celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2014. Before the bridge, there was no other way of transportation across the Mississippi River besides by water. City officials at the time thought the bridge would be too good to be true, and expensive. Despite many setbacks, Eads’ vision of a bridge between East St. Louis and downtown St. Louis was made into a reality starting in 1874. An elephant walked on the bridge, for testing purposes (it was on the cake!). Today, the bridge is used to carry cars and other vehicles, as well as the Metrolink underneath. It had been used for railroad trains until 1974. In 2014, it had been featured in the mini-series Houdini, where Adrian Brody (as the illusionist) jumps off the Eads Bridge (there was a legend that Houdini himself jumped off the bridge or had planned to, but nothing has been confirmed).

The cake sat on Washington Ave. right off the Lacledes Landing Metrolink station
The cake sat on Washington Ave. right off the Lacledes Landing Metrolink station

Cake placement date: February 27

Where is the cake now?:  Private property. The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $580 on 1/1/2015.

Eads Bridge at Bridgehunter.com (facts about the bridge)

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