Interstate Highways

Ritz Beverage - A Casualty of the Interstate Highway System

Ritz Beverage - A Casualty of the Interstate Highway System

A mystery that started in an antique shop on Manchester Avenue led me to the library and then to the LaSalle Neighborhood to finally find what is becoming more and more clear, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 that brought an Interstate highways instead of the old Route 66 was devastating for the city of St. Louis. It removed so much urban fabric and divided so many part of the city. Ritz Bottling Company is just one of the hundreds displaced by mid-Century progress.