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Chester Bridge over the Mississippi River
The Chester Bridge spans 2,826 feet over the Mississippi River and connects Illinois Route 150 with Missouri's Route 51. The bridge first opened in 1942 as a toll bridge - with the tolls removed in 1989. The bridge averages more than 5,500 passengers daily. Visitors of the bridge will recognize it from the beginning of the 1967 film, In the Heat of the Night.
While in Chester, be sure to visit Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park and have your picture taken with the bronze statue of Popeye, the famous cartoon character. Make yourself at home at the Best Western in Popeye's home town of Chester, in Southern Illinois.
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