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Eads Bridge
Completed and dedicated in 1874 to bring railroads across the Mississippi River, this bridge today carries the metropolitan area's light-rail system. The first bridge to span the river at St. Louis, for many decades the Eads Bridge served as a symbol of the city's importance and aspirations. Its distinctive architecture inspired artists and artisans, and many people wanted to own an image of the structure that symbolized an engineering triumph of its day. Coinciding with the heyday of manufactured souvenirs, views of the bridge adorn a large collection of ceramic and metal souvenirs, especially spoons, as well as photographs and library and archival materials.
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