|Eads Bridge in St. Louis. Image by Darkshark0159|
Andrew Carnegie, whose Keystone Bridge Company had been subcontracted to build the bridge, decide to do something daring. The Eads bridge would be built of steel. When it opened in 1874, it was the longest arch bridge in the world and the first large bridge made from steel.
The bridge opened up the west to rail tavel. It also proved the value of structural steel which was soon used in the construction of bridges and buildings across the United States. The Carnegie Steel Company dominated the industry.
Carnegie took the leap of faith to build the bridge from steel. The confidence to take on enormous challenges is a common characteristic of great leaders.
Are you ready to jump?
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