About Bridgeton, Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation: 584 ft (178 m). Population: 11,550 (2010 census). See this map of the town.
The town of Bridgeton is part of Greater St. Louis, and is located in the northwestern part of St. Louis County, Missouri. Some portions of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport are located within Bridgeton.
It was explored by Étienne de Veniard de Bourgmont in 1724 but only in 1794 was the future Bridgeton platted as Marais des Liards (Cottonwood Swamp) by Maturin Bouvet. Later changed to Village à Robert after its founder, Robert Owens. This changed to Owen's Station as more Americans moved to the area.
Meriwether Lewis (of the Lewis and Clark expedition) passed through Bridgeton during the famous expedition. The city was chartered in 1843 within St. Ferdinand Township.
Route 66 Bypass ran through the town's eastern edge (with U.S. 61 & 67) but an expanding airport which needed a new runway razed 2,000 homes in Carrollton and many U.S. 66 Bypass motels and landmarks were lost.
>> Check out the RV campground close by, in Fenton
Weather in Bridgeton
Rainfall in Bridgeton is, on average 41 in. (1.041 mm). The most rainy months are from May through July with more than 4.1 in per month (104 mm). Snow falls from Nov. to Apr.: 17.8 in. (45 cm). Relative humitiy is on average 69.7% roughl the whole year.
Bridgeton has four well marked seasons. It is located in the area where humid continental climate shifts towards a humid subtropical climate, so summers are hot and humid while winters are cold. It gets cold Arctic air and hot damp tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico. Spring is wet and may have extreme weather (tornados, thunderstorms and even winter storms). Fall is sunny and less humid, with mild weather.
The average winter high (Jan) is a chilly 39.9°F (4.4°C) and the winter low is on average 23.7°F (-4.6°C). The summer (Jul) average high is 89.1°F (31.7°C) and the average low is 71°F (21.7°C).
Bridgeton is inside Missouri's "Tornado Alley" and St. Louis County has around 7 tornados each year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along U.S. 66.
Getting to Bridgeton
Reach Bridgeton driving the historic 1926 - 1932 Route 66 now known as Missouri State Highway 100, or use Interstate I-44. I-270, US 50, US 61, I-55 and I-64 cross the area.
Map of Route 66 through Bridgeton Missouri
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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Bridgeton:
(for the other parts of Missouri, check the color key in the corresponding city's web page)
Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment west of Gray Summit. East of Gray Summit is the post-1932 road.
Red line or gaps in alignment, is I-40, where it overlaps the old alignment.
Blue and Green show different things which you should check at each town's individual maps. Route 66 segments
Orange: the 1926-32 aligment through St. Louis.
Black: missing segments.
Learn more on the different Route 66's alignments through St. Louis.
Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Bridgeton
Route 66 across Missouri
Historic U.S. highway 66, "Route 66" has been designated as an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway in the state of Missouri.
Click on the following link for a Full description of Route 66 across the state of Missouri.
Route 66 Sights in Bridgeton
Landmarks and Places to See
Apart from the "City 66" which went through the downtown area of St. Louis, there was another branch which split well north of St. Louis, from the "Chain of Rocks Bridge": "BYP 66" (Bypass 66) which is shown in Brown in the map above.
After crossing the "Chain of Rocks Bridge" it took a sharp left, heading west, following what then was Hall Ave., and then further west it continued along Lindbergh Ave., which today is Dunn Rd. on the north side of I-270.
At modern Exit 25 of I-270 the road curved south (now the ramp next to Pershall Rd.) heading straight south along N. Lindbergh Blvd. This old road is cut now by the extension of St. Louis Lambert Airport runways, shown in Black in the map above. The modern highway curves west and passes under the runway.
BYP 66 continued straight southwards all the way to Watson Rd. on the southwest side of the city, where it met the "City 66" alignment, and both "City" and "Bypass" 66 merged back into US 66 and headed west, crossing the Meramec River.
Rittenhouse and his 1946 Book: US 66 in St. Louis
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse in his "A Guide Book to Highway 66", published in 1946 gives us a first hand account: He drove through Edwardsville and Mitchell, and wrote that just past Mitchell, "Here City Route 66 forks off to the left into Saint Louis, while the main US 66 crosses railroad tracks and continues ahead to the CHAIN OF ROCKS BIRDGE and the "belt line" route skirting the city..." in his day the toll was for auto and occupants: 25¢ This was the best route if you were not planningon stopping in St. Louis. He describes its loop around the city, passing near the Airport and "rejoin[ing] City 66 at a point 26 miles from Chain of Rocks Bridge" the road was "a wide, high-speed route" lacking city traffic and with many service stations and some cabins and cafes.
He tells those who chose City 66 that, after the center of the city it ran along Gravois Ave. Chippewa St. and Watson Ave. meeting the Bypass 66 13 miles from St. Louis City Hall.
A 1953 Map (detail) of the Missouri DOT
The 1950s, more changes
The 1953 MO DOT map changed the name of the "bypass" (north and west of the city - in Brown in the Map above) to "US 66", eliminating it as a bypass.
The map shows a much smaller Lambert St. Louis Airport and U.S. 66 curving around it with Bypass U.S. 40. In 1953 the former U.S. Bypass 66 was actually the main alignment of Route 66, it ran with BY 67.
Congress Airport Inn
3433 N Lindbergh Blvd
Originally the Town House Motor Inn, its postcard proclaimed: "Near airport - courtesy car - wired music - T.V. - complimentary coffee and $5,000 Guest Life Insurance. Member - Network Inns of America".
It is now the Congress Airport Inn and its appearance is unchanged as you can see in the "then and now" images below:
Town House Motor Inn postcard, Bridgeton MO
Now the Congress Airport Inn, Bridgeton MO
Just north is another motel, perhaps from the 1960s, the Best Way Inn, and this is its Street view.
The other motels were demolished when the runway was lengthened.
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.