Master Engineer Honored with Induction

Eads Bridge

Photograph by Scott Lothes,


In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, the National Railroad Hall of Fame inducted one of the legendary figures in the city’s history, James Buchanan Eads.

A master of river engineering, Eads’ designed the first railroad bridge over the Mississippi at St. Louis.  The innovative design and radical construction methods Eads employed on the bridge opened a new era in civil engineering.  Completed in 1874, the Eads Bridge remains in use today. 

The banquet and ceremony honoring Eads took place at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel on Thursday, October 2nd.  In attendance were 170 members and guests of The Lexington Group in Transportation History, an educational organization of railroad historians and executives committed to promoting the study of railroad history.

At the request of Eads’ descendants, the honorary medallion will be displayed in the Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


James Buchanan Eads

Call us:


Locate us: 

311 East Main St., Suite 513, Galesburg, IL 61401


(c) National Railroad Hall of Fame 2018. 

Social Media: