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St. Louis Gateway Arch

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park was established on the banks of the Mississippi River, on December 21, 1935, to commemorate the westward growth of the United States between 1803 and 1890. Cost for the $30 million national monument was shared by the federal government and the City of St. Louis.

The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial began in 1961 with the "topping out" in 1965 and dedication in 1966.

The floor plan of the Underground Visitor Center follows a circular pattern with galleries depicting a 100-year span of westward expansion and the Tucker Theatre. Additional attractions include two passenger trams to the observation room at the top and the Museum of Westward Expansion.

Visitors to the Gateway Arch can step back in time and savor the past at Levee Mercantile. The 1870s style riverfront general store is located in the Visitor Center beneath the Arch. Many food products selected for Levee Mercantile feature Missouri artisans who use traditional recipes and time-honored production methods.

Riverboats at Mississippi River

Join Gateway Arch Riverboats for one of its spectacular Mississippi River sightseeing cruises. Narrated by seasoned riverboat captains, these scenic cruises recapture the vibrant life upon the river at the peak of the steamboat era. Historic ports of call along the Mississippi's banks, lively river characters from Mark Twain to Louis Armstrong and famous river tales are all brought to life in the course of a delightful, hour-long journey up the river and back through time. Don't miss out on downtown St. Louis' most unique entertainment !!!.

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  • Last visit to Saint Louis: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2005 at 5:01 AM

    Great overview, Manuel, of a wonderful historic Midwestern city. Your photographs are just excellent. So glad that you enjoyed Saint Louis as much as I do.

  • Arenas's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2005 at 8:57 AM

    Estupenda pagina y fotos!!

  • Jun 4, 2004 at 1:39 PM

    Manuel, deecat told me to visit your pages. (I went on the trip to Missouri with her.). Excellent job. Thorough & informative. You have nice photographs. I don't have work on VT, but I love to look at other people's pages. (no scanner/digital).

  • May 12, 2004 at 5:46 PM

    great stl pages.. you should also mention that crazies flock to the Arch in attempts to climb up it with suction cups or land on top with a parachute!

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2004 at 10:43 AM

    look out a bear behind you!!!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2003 at 3:01 PM

    Those Caverns sound like fun to explore! I hope to visit the Arch someday!

  • morgane1692's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2003 at 3:59 PM

    the Arch is sooo much greater when you're standing in front of it, kind of like the Eiffel Tower! But that museum of the Westward Pioneer Movement underground here, that was soooo my favorite part of the whole visit.

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2003 at 9:28 AM

    Great page Manuel! Wow, the Gateway Arch looks fantastic, and the views from up there are great! Cool that you can up the Arch, hahaha, but I think I would feel scared though going up so high :-))

  • lirk's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2003 at 10:27 AM

    Veo q lo pasastes bien en San Luis,estupendas fotos sobre todo las del Arco!!

  • Aug 27, 2003 at 9:48 AM

    Great page!!!


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