Clark Bridge: “stunningly beautiful and eminently practical”

Super Bridge

When I moved to Alton, my uncle, a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, told me he had been using a NOVA TV special on the construction of the Clark Bridge in his business classes for years. “Super Bridge” was broadcast on November 12, 1997, and the official description from PBS states:

“Viewers are sidewalk supervisors for one of the most unusual construction projects in the U.S.—the building of the stunningly beautiful and eminently practical Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River. Contractors faced every obstacle in the book—and then some—to build this complex structure.”

We have copies on DVD in the Downtown and Alton Square libraries.

Super Bridge, call number: DVD 624.23 SUP

The PBS Web site also offers further resources and a teacher’s guide.

It’s easy to forget how much time, effort, and creativity goes into massive building projects, and the following link gives us a glimpse at the construction of several world-famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and the Gateway Arch. The photos of the Statue of Liberty are my personal favorite.