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Gateway Arch, Saint Louis: 81 reviews and 142 photos

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The arch can be rode to the top and the view of the city is the best. A museum at the bottom of the arch grounds is also a thing that you should go into. They have the history of how the arch was built and a film on the construction process that lasts 30 minutes for $5. Very good show; It is interesting showing the building of the arch.
The arch was completed in 1965 and the trams take over 1 million visitors to the top annually. The view up there at 630 feet allows you to see nearly all of the city for 10 miles panorama. The base at bottom is 54 feet. The trams are old but still functioning. The weight is 17,246 pounds, and the measly cost of $13 million has drawn in much more in tourism dollars, which was the point. IN 1935, the idea was formed. Delays to construct the arch led to finally choosing a design done by Eero Saarinen in 1947, but then it took until 1963 to start construction that lasted 2 year to complete. The design was sleek, but a real problem to build and hold steady form collapsing. The outer facing is stainless steel, and the interior is anchored with concrete throughout.

Address: St. Louis Riverfront
Directions: On the riverfront in downtown
Phone: (877)-982-1410
Website: http://www.gatewayarch.com

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  • Updated Aug 20, 2010
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