Man retells planning for paying off the Mississippi bridge

Friday, June 14, 2002

Handing over the final toll on the cost of the Mississippi River bridge at Cape Girardeau in 1957 didn't happen by accident. Jerry Burchyett, then a pie salesman from McClure, Ill., said he planned it. "I paid off the bridge," recalled Burchyett, now a resident of St. Louis. For more on Burchyett's history-making moment, read Friday's Southeast Missourian.

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