May 17, 1803: Hudson Erastus Bridge was born on this day. He helped found companies that connected St. Louis and Kansas City via railroad and built the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River. He was also one of the original trustees of Washington University.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.