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Special Features

Online Poll
In 1876 "Scientific American" nominated James Eads for president of the United States. Would you vote for him?

Secrets of a Master Builder Poll
Building a Bridge Pier

Building a Bridge Pier
How did Eads build his innovative St. Louis Bridge, the first steel span in the world? Find out in a step-by-step demonstration.

Eads Family Letters
The correspondence between Eads and his wife Martha offers glimpses into their courtship, his business concerns, and how they fared apart, during his long salvage trips.

Eads Family Letters
Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes
Cinematographer Boyd Estus describes how he created the underwater scenes in the film, including shots of Eads' diving bell descending to the bottom of the Mississippi.

St. Louis Bridge Video
Take a look at a video clip of the majestic bridge today.

St. Louis Bridge Video
The Ship Railway Plan

The Ship Railway Plan
A railway to carry ships across Mexico? Find out more about the audacious plan Eads promoted to connect Atlantic and Pacific in the days before the Panama Canal was built.

The Jetties Today
Eads built jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi in 1879. What is left of them today?

The Jetties Today


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