With 15 cakes found, admired, and photographed, Mercutio Krispytreats and I had seen all of the cakes on my list for that day’s adventure. But then something magical happened. This was a rare occurrence, even for this Cake Monster, who sees sketchy and amazing things pretty much everyday. As we made our way down from the Arch, the construction around the Arch forced us to take a different route than we would have anticipated. And right as we drove down the cobblestone path under a bridge, what do we see? Why none other than Cake #79 at the Eads Bridge!!
Mercutio was a great sport – not that he had much choice – as I pulled the car over to the side of the road to as safe a spot as I could locate – and jumped out to document our lucky find!
The Eads Bridge was created because there was a need to link up St. Louis with the east and westward running rail lines. So in 1867 James Buchanan Eads drew up a plan for a bridge that many felt was too difficult to actually create. Eads persisted though and on July 4th, 1874 the bridge was dedicated and opened for use.
The Eads Bridge is notable for several reasons – among them is the fact that it is the first alloy steel bridge in the world, and the first large bridge to span the Mississippi, as well as the first to carry railroad tracks.
So not only did this cake mark one of the first in a very short list of surprise cakes, but as I was doing a happy dance because I was filled with the excitement of finding a random cake that just happened to be on our drive home, Mercutio took the opportunity to take his revenge on my phone which had been taking all the unintentional selfies of him, by taking a surprise selfie that this Cake Monster did not even find herself until after the day’s cake hunt was over!