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Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn

 SEPTEMBER 2005 NEWSLETTER

To our Guests & Friends,

After a long, hot, dry summer, Hermannites are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new season. September is a delightful month to visit Hermann as summer fades into fall, temperatures moderate, farmers and grape growers bring in the harvest, and colors change from shades of green to golden hues.

Activities are plentiful in and around Hermann this month. Check the local calendar on our web site to find out what is going on. If you'd rather "do your own thing", perhaps the day trip described below would be of interest. 

(You will note an asterisk (*) throughout the newsletter. This indicates a reference to Hermann Hill's Three-Mile Walk. Information about the walk is on our web site.)

Day-tripping north of Hermann

We received some positive feedback about the Day Trip we described in our August newsletter, so we have planned another. This month, we elected to head north of the Missouri River to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows at Starkenburg, Crane's Country Store and Museum, and the Apple Wagon Antique Mall at Williamsburg

There are several suggested routes to take on this tour. No matter which one you follow, your travels will take you through the rich farmland and majestic bluffs along the Missouri River and on roads that wind through hilly countryside and densely wooded areas. (A brief stint on Interstate 70 could not be avoided.)

Shrine

The sign at the intersection of Hwy. 94 and 
Hwy. P directs visitors to the Shrine of 
Our Lady of Sorrows

The tour described in this newsletter covers approximately 80 miles round trip. Visit our Day Trips page to view this tour.

Bridging the Mighty Mo
After years of planning, a new bridge across the Missouri River at Hermann is soon to be a reality. While the current bridge continues to serve the purpose of getting folks back and forth across the river, a more updated structure has become a necessity.

Hermann Bridge
The Missouri River Bridge at Hermann was completed
in 1930.  A new bridge will be constructed just
west of this bridge.  It is due to open in 
December of 2007

When it was completed in 1930, the Missouri River Bridge at Hermann* was considered a feat of mammoth proportions. But as vehicles got larger, and the amount of traffic increased, the narrow, old bridge created a white-knuckle adventure for drivers trying to avoid being side swiped by oncoming traffic. 

Drivers! Fear no more! If all goes according to plan, a new, up-to-date bridge will replace the old relic in December of 2007.

Ground breaking for the new Highway 19 Missouri River Bridge is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hermann Riverfront Park. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, for whom the bridge will be named, and Rep. Kenny Hulshof will address the crowd, members of the Highway 19 Missouri River Bridge Transport Corp. will give a brief history of the current bridge, and a ceremonial champagne toast will replace the golden shovel. 

Dignitaries from throughout the State of Missouri and Gasconade and Montgomery counties (the border of the two counties is at the center of the bridge) have been invited to attend. Following the ceremony, the City of Hermann will serve bratwurst to all in attendance and the Hermann Municipal Band will give a short concert. The public is invited to attend this historic event.

This will be no ordinary bridge. The plate girder bridge, with a length of 2,247 feet, will replace the current through truss bridge. It will be arched in the middle, and the elevation will be 12 feet higher at the center than the existing bridge. Outside-to-outside dimensions will be 55 feet, 4 inches and will include two 12-foot driving lanes, two 10-foot shoulders, and an 8-foot lane for pedestrians and cyclists. Several overlooks facing west are planned for the structure. Lighting for the bridge will be in keeping with the period light posts in downtown Hermann. Concrete piers are being cast to resemble limestone rock, which will be illuminated at night.

The estimated cost of construction is $32,816,558.10, a far cry from the $800,000 that was estimated to build the current bridge. Additional funding is being allocated by the City of Hermann to cover the costs for electric power to illuminate the bridge.

The Highway 19 Missouri River Bridge will benefit the area in many ways: by providing housing for workers employed by the Jensen Construction Company of Des Moines, creating jobs for local workers, continuing to make Hwy. 19 a major north south route through Missouri, increasing the number of people visiting the area, and the list goes on. 

The new bridge may change some aspects of life in Hermann, just like the current bridge did when it was completed 75 years ago. But, change can be good.

To read an account of the construction and dedication of the existing bridge 75 years ago, click Hermann Bridge.

Honoring a fallen hero
Marine Lance Cpl. Erik Heldt was the Hermann area's first casualty in the Iraqi war. He was killed while conducting combat operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq on June 16, 2005. 

A scholarship fund has been set up in his name that will be awarded to Hermann High School scholar/athletes based on academic achievement, athletic ability, and need. To enhance the scholarship fund, a benefit fundraiser is being held at OakGlenn Winery on Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 9 p.m. The public is invited. The event will include a meal, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. 

Ticket and program information is available on the winery's web site www.oakglenn.com.  Or, you may call the winery at 573-486-5057. 

Cpl. Erik Heldt
Marine Lance Cpl. Erik Heldt

Hermann Hill elevator 
Due to recent changes in the law by the Missouri legislature and Governor, we will no longer be able to allow guests to use our elevator. If you required the use of the elevator during an upcoming stay at Hermann Hill, let us know and we will refund your reservation in full.

HHV
Installing roof trusses for Cottage #1.
Cottage #2 (next door) is now under roof.

Hermann Hill Village update
In August, we poured the foundations for Cottages #1 and 5 and began framing #1. Cottage #2 now has a roof, windows, four fireplaces, a deck, and HVAC ducts. We now have temporary electricity on site so we can turn off the noisy generators.

To view more photos of our progress, click on the Hermann Hill Village page. 

Hermann Hill Village

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Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn
711 Wein Street - P.O. Box 555 - Hermann, Missouri (MO) 65041
Phone: (573) 486-HILL (573-486-4455)  |  Fax: (573) 486-5373
Email: info@hermannhill.com  |   Website: www.hermannhill.com