I am writing about the Eads Bridge, the first bridge to connect Missouri and Illinois across the Mississippi River. It is a site of modern segregation because of the ways it has been used to segregate. The episode most central to my work occurred in 1987, when police closed the bridge to pedestrian traffic during the July 4th Veiled Prophet Fair. I argue that the closure - and protests against it - reveal the bridge as both a specter of violence and a source of anxiety about racial transformation. In newspaper articles, photographs, and press conferences, these ideas are never voiced, because they don't need to be. To understand their foundational, submerged place in this discourse, I return to an earlier moment of controlled and racialized movement across the bridge: the 1917 race massacre in East St. Louis.