Saturday, June 11, 2011

Many Miles of Desert

MS Bridge

Postmarked 11 June 1935
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Postcard Caption:
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE AT CAPE GIRADEAU, MISSOURI. The Bridge was opened to traffic September 3, 1928. Length, including approaches, 4744 feet. Length of steel work, 3423 feet, 10 inches. Number of spans, 8. Weight of bridge, 43,000 tons. Deepest pier, 71 feet, 7 inches below normal low water. Height from bottom of lowest pier to highest point on steel, 262 feet, 11 inches. Amount of concrete used, 15,752 cubic yards. Cost, $1,600,000.00.
We crossed this river - 6/9. Albuquerque, NM. 6/11/35 Here we are 3:25 pm Mountain Time. Very warm riding today. Lots of Indians here. We came thru many miles of desert today and dirt roads. Very dusty. / Love from Elva
The 1928 bridge was destroyed in 2004 after construction of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.


Postcard Perfect said...

You're lucky to have this piece of history after they destroyed the bridge.

Mark S. said...

Lots of dust and indians....I'll bet lots of tourists described Albuquerque that way. (I have old 8mm home movies that show Albuquerque, and you wouldn't believe the dust and indians!)

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