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U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum
The U.S.S. Cairo, one of Eads' seven ironclad Civil War gunboats, is preserved in a museum at Vicksburg National Memorial Park in Mississippi. Visit the Park Service's web site for more information on the structure and history of the boat.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts a Web site with a wealth of information on water management and other projects near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Great Mississippi River Historical Gallery and Archive
This project, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Mississippi River Commission and Boise State University, presents resources on the river's history and management. The site features an impressive annotated bibliography.

Missouri Historical Society
The Missouri Historical Society's collection of Eads papers includes material on the New Orleans jetties and on his appointment as an original member of the Mississippi River Commission.

Washington University in St. Louis Library, Special Collections
James Eads' archive of original construction drawings, including the ones featured in the American Experience Gallery, is housed at Washington University in St. Louis.

Building Big
A five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston explores large structures and what it takes to build them. Visit the Building Big Web site to find out more about the stories and the engineering behind several types of structures, including bridges.

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James Eads

Barry, John M. "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America." New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998

Dorsey, Florence. "Road to the Sea: The Story of James B. Eads and the Mississippi River." Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican, 1998

Eads, James B. "Report of the Engineer-in-Chief." St. Louis: Missouri Democrat Book and Job Printing House, 1868

Eads, James B. "Physics and Hydraulics of the Mississippi River." Pamphlet, New Orleans 1876

Eads, James B. "Review of Humphreys and Abbot Report." Pamphlet, Washington, DC, 1878

How, Louis. "James B. Eads." Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1900

Jackson, Robert W. "Rails across the Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis Bridge." Champaign: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming in fall 2001

McHenry, Estill, ed. "Addresses, Letters, and Papers of James B. Eads." together with a biographical sketch. St. Louis: Slawson & Co.; 1884.

Miller, Howard S., and Scott, Quinta. "The Eads Bridge." St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1999

Pursell, Carroll, ed. "Technology in America: A History of Individuals and Ideas." Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1981

Reynolds, Terry ed. "The Engineer in America." Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991

Woodward, C.M. "A History of the St. Louis Bridge: Containing a Full Account of Every Step in Its Construction and Erection and including the Theory of the Ribbed Arch and the Tests of Materials." St. Louis, 1881


Bearss, Edwin C. "Hardluck Ironclad: The Sinking and Salvage of the Cairo." Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980

Canney, Donald L. "The Old Steam Navy: The Ironclads, 1842-1885." Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1993

St. Louis

Compton, Richard J. and Dry, Camille N. "Pictorial St. Louis: The Great Metropolis of the Mississippi Valley. A Topographical Survey Drawn in Perspective, A.D. 1875." St. Louis, 1876, Reprinted 1997

Corbett, Katharine T. and Miller, Howard S. "Saint Louis in the Gilded Age." St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1993

Corbett, Katharine T. "In Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women's History." St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1999

Cronin, William. "Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West." New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1991

Kilgo, Dolores A. "Likeness and Landscape: Thomas M. Easterly and the Art of the Daguerreotype." St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1994

Mahoney, Timothy. "River Towns in the Great West: The Structure of Provincial Urbanization in the American Middle West, 1820-1870." Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1990

Primm, Neal. "Lion of the Valley." St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1998.

van Ravenswaay, Charles. "Saint Louis: An Informal History of the City and Its People, 1764-1865." St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1991

Reps, John William. "Saint Louis Illustrated: Nineteenth-Century Engravings and Lithographs of a Mississippi River Metropolis." Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1989

Mississippi River

Corthell, Elmer. "A History of the Jetties at the Mouth of the Mississippi." J. Wiley 1881

Gould, Emeron. "Fifty Years on the Mississippi." St. Louis: Nixon-Jones, 1889

Kelman, Ari. "A River and Its City: An Environmental History of New Orleans." University of California Press, forthcoming in 2001

Shallat, Todd. "Structures in the Stream." Austin: University of Texas, 1994

Twain, Mark. "Life on the Mississippi." New York: Harper, 1903

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James Eads

Kouwenhoven, John. "The Designing of the Eads Bridge." Technology and Culture, October 1982

Kouwenhoven, John. "The Eads Bridge: The Celebration." Missouri Historical Society Bulletin, April 1974

Kouwenhoven, John. "James Buchanan Eads: The Engineer as Entrepreneur." in Carrol Pursell, ed., Technology in America: A History of Individuals and Ideas. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1981

Reuss, Martin. "Andrew A. Humphreys and the Development of Hydraulic Engineering: Politics and Technology in the Army Corps of Engineers, 1850-1950." Technology and Culture. vol. 26, no. 1. University of Chicago Press, 1985

Wegner, Dana. "Mr. Eads' Turret." Civil War Times Illustrated 1973 12 (6): 24-25, 28-31

St. Louis

Kouwenhoven, John. "Downtown St. Louis as James Eads Knew It." Missouri Historical Society Bulletin, April 1977

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