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Stan Musial Bridge: Momentum Builds to Name Missouri-Illinois Connection After Late Cardinal

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Stan Musial
This is an easy one.

Lawmakers are now proposing that the Mississippi River bridge be named after the late, great Stan Musial, because, well, duh.

"It's obvious," says Senator John Lamping, a Republican who introduced the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge bill, full version on view below. "He strikes a chord, I think, with all midwesterners."

There has been a great deal of debate about what to call the new Mississippi River bridge connecting Missouri and Illinois, says Lamping, who is on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the State Senate.

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A fan pays tribute to Stan Musial at Busch Stadium over the weekend.

Honoring Stan the Man, who died over the weekend at age 92, is not controversial, Lamping says.

"I think that what has been the tradition in the past for a lot of the government buildings is to find a worthy...elected official," he says. "That's the kind of tradition we should be breaking....In this day and age, Missourians...are tired of that tradition."

Musial, he says, is a perfect iconic figure deserving of the recognition and one disassociated from any partisan disagreements.

"We want a cultural reference," says Lamping, who is pushing the proposal alongside Republican Senator Eric Schmitt and other state legislators. "As famous as a person as he was, he didn't clamor for the spotlight...all the things I associate with midwestern values...quiet confidence."

He adds, "This is obviously the opportunity to rally support."

Lamping says he expects the bill to go through the General Assembly over the next few weeks. The proposal would require buy-in from Illinois lawmakers, too, but Lamping says he is hopeful -- though the process and timing across the river is a bit different.

Continue for more details on the proposal and the full text of the bill.


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14 comments
James Madison
James Madison

Stop naming bridges! The bridge should be named for the highway it is part of. "The I-70 Mississippi Bridge", "The I-70 Missouri River Bridge", "The I-270 Mississippi Bridge", and "The I-255 Mississippi Bridge" - then everyone knows what you are talking about without having to live here for a decade and break the code. Be tourist friendly! Sure it is boring, but it is a damn bridge!

John Early
John Early

they should Name the Stadium after Stan Musial that sounds better than naming a bridge after him.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

I wouldn't want my name associated with a bridge to ESL.

Christo Hodgkins
Christo Hodgkins

John Early.. This is not Misssouri wanting the naming rights. This is Missouri looking to name the bridge after a great person that did tons for the area. And to remind you, risked his life serving for the US miltary in his prime!

John Early
John Early

Funny how Missouri didnt even want the bridge in the first place or want to pay their smaller share of the construction. Now Missouri wants the naming rights. Missouri the "me me me" state .

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Absolutely. This man was a great person, not just a great baseball player.

Aaron Deane
Aaron Deane

We should name the town its in after Stan too!! Cant think of a better man to name ANYTHING after...

Tom Keightley
Tom Keightley

That is a fantastic! idea...who do we call? Like a thousand times!!!

Randy Betts
Randy Betts

As a resident of Illinois I would support it fully

KITTY
KITTY

Naming the bridge for Stan the Man would be an awesome tribute to him. However, Illinois would have to agree on any name proposed for the bridge. I forsee a long drawn out cat fight for those naming rights. The best thing would be to let the public vote on naming the bridge from a list of proposed names.. And God forbid the bridge is named after a politician.

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