Please forgive me for the delays, I posted Good and Wicked twice in error, but in the meantime, I learned how to use iMovie which is going to lead to some awesome posts. Which leads me to this post.
I’ve been fortunate that I wasn’t directly affected by the flooding here in my hometown of St. Louis, but I do know a lot of friends and family dealing with the mess.
The topped out levels are historic. The flood waters closed major highways here for several days, even more so than the Flood of 1993.
So what does this have to do with steampunk? Well, the Mississippi and the historic Eads Bridge are featured in some of the scenes in my second upcoming novel “Revenge and Machinery” the sequel to “Strax and the Widow”. One character meets an untimely death there, but you’ll have to wait for the book release later this year for details.
So how did this spark my imagination? Since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated with both Victorian and St. Louis history. The Eads Bridge is simply one of the greatest architectural marvels of its time.
A brief history: it was designed and engineered by James Eads, started in 1868 and completed in 1974. It was the world’s first alloy steel bridge and the first to take trains across the massive stretch of the Mississippi River. The center span was designed with a clearance of eighty-eight feet and three hundred feet wide which was demanded by transportation planners at the time to make way for the riverboat traffic. The bridge is over a third of a mile wide, managing to cover even a flooded Mississippi. Fifteen men died and over seventy-five workers were injured in its construction. Much more history can be found on the Missouri Historical Society and National Park Service websites. I culled most of the information from them including this photo from its construction:
This fine structure has been in the background of several of my shoots from the roof of my building. Please see my previous blog Full Moon Fever, for some of these views.
As for now here’s a few shots taken on New Year’s Day:
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