A Pioneering Structure: The Eads Bridge

by T.R. Witcher, Contributing Editor; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 11, Pg. 42-45

Document Type: Editorial

Abstract: Though he was not trained as an engineer, James Buchanan Eads had the vision and will to design one of the great bridges of the 19th century. The Eads Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River at St. Louis, was the first major bridge in the country to use predominantly steel, the first to use pneumatic caissons, and among the first built to use the cantilevered construction method.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Cantilever bridges | Steel bridges | Infrastructure construction | Bridge-vehicle interaction | Steel construction | Construction methods | Distinguished engineers | Mississippi River

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