To be fair to the embattled HISTORY/Lionsgate (and I still think the real offenders here are producer Gearld W. Abrams and screenwriter Nicholas Meyer), they obviously chose the Eads Bridge for maximum visual impact. But a jump from a bridge this high would obviously be suicide. And, of course, the whole frozen river episode is well established malarky.
This just speaks to the fact that cites are proud of their associations to Houdini and his stunts. In Boston there is and plaque commemorating Houdini's jump from the Harvard Bridge. People care about Houdini history because it's also their own history, and messing with that is messing with civic pride. This news story is a nice example of that, and I certainly hope the makers of the Houdini miniseries see this.
One thing that's surprising here is that the Missouri History Museum discovered a Houdini Eads Bridge jump announcement in 1899. That's extremely early for Houdini to be talking about a bridge jump of any kind. I wonder if this might actually be the first mention of a bridge jump, even thought it ultimately didn't happen.