Friday, February 25, 2005

Chouteau Avenue Viaduct No More

They're tearing down the old Chouteau Avenue viaduct that vaults over the railyards west of Grand. It's been around for about a century. Much of the area around the old bridge has already been altered. The Sanford & Sons junk store on the corner of Chouteau and Vandeventer was razed sometime back. On the other end of the span the Krey meat packing plant is also long gone, as is The Tastee Bread bakery. Taking the Manchester bus downtown as a kid, we would pass over the Chouteau viaduct and whiff the rank aroma of the slaughter house mixed with the sweet smells of fresh-baked bread.