~THE GATEWAY ARCH~

If you're claustrophobic, don't go up! They jam four people of varying sizes into these little tram cars on a conveyor. I got an extra-large woman to sit next to. But not being able to move or breathe for twenty or so minutes was a small price to pay for the view that was ahead.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse. During a nationwide competition in 1947-48, architect Eero Saarinen's inspired design for a 630 foot stainless steel arch was chosen as a perfect monument to the spirit of the western pioneers. Construction of the Arch began in 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965, for a total cost of less than $15 million. The Arch has foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground, and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds. It sways up to one inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches.
The Museum of Westward Expansion, located below the Arch, is as large as a football field and contains an extensive collection of artifacts, mounted animal specimens, an authentic American Indian tipi, and an overview of the Lewis and Clark expedition. (SOURCE: U.S. National Park Service)






From directly beneath

The Gateway Arch

Its own shadow from the top

From the Mississippi River bank

Shooting the line

My shot of the line

River boats from the top

St. Louis, MO

The Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis Rams)

Busch Stadium

The Old St. Louis Courthouse
Located just two blocks west of the Arch, the Old Courthouse is one of the oldest standing buildings in St. Louis, begun in 1839. It was here that the first two trials of the Dred Scott case were held in 1847 and 1850. Today, the building houses a museum charting the history of the city of St. Louis and restored courtrooms. (USNPS)


A pond in the park

Take a riverboat cruise

Another Riverboat

The Illinois side

More of the Illinois side

And another

Hazey Illinois

East St. Louis, IL

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