Route 66 News

Wedding scheduled on Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

A couple from Slovakia will be married on the Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis at noon Saturday, May 31, as part of a tour and documentary film by the Czech Route 66 Association.

And there’s more, according to a news release about the event:

The public is invited and may be included in the movie.

A Czech chef is a part of the tour and will prepare an authentic Czech dinner at the historic Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois, at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Ariston Cafe is the oldest continuously operating restaurant on Route 66. It is also listed on the National Historic Register.

The dinner is $25 per person with limited seating. Reservations may be made at 217-324-2023. Proceeds of the dinner will be donated to the Litchfield Route 66 Museum.

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge carried Route 66 from 1929 until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1970. It was used in the climactic scene in the 1981 film “Escape from New York.” It was reopened by Trailnet as part of a pedestrian and cycling trail in 1998 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

(Image of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge by Randy Watson via Flickr)

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