Here Are Our Photo Contest Winners

One of the most difficult and rewarding experiences we have at Missouri Life is to pick the winners of our photo contest. Not only does our state have an abundant array of photo material—endless, if you ask us—but we also have an amazing bunch of photographers.


July 3, 1869

The Burlington Bridge at Kansas City, also called the Hannibal Bridge, was completed. It was the first bridge ever built across the Missouri River.


May 23, 1874

The Eads Bridge across the Mississippi was opened for pedestrians. This privately funded bridge cost five cents to cross or, for ten cents, you could stay and "promenade in the cool river breezes."


April 19, 1846

The Mercantile Library opened in St. Louis on this date thus becoming the first public library west of the Mississippi.


August 18, 1960

R. Buckminster Fuller designed something he called a geodesic dome and placed one in the Missouri Botanical Garden. Calling this one a "Climatron" he explained that it would last for a while but was not a permanent structure. It has been there now for over 50 years and seems able to stand for many more.  


June 24, 1770

The first Catholic church was dedicated in St. Louis. It was a log structure that stood where the Old Cathedral stands today.


June 9, 1928

30,000 people and 4,000 automobiles were on hand for the dedication of the new Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, MO.