The Gateway Arch
If you have never been to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, it’s about time you made a visit. Being one of my absolute favorite national landmarks, I have been many times over the years and I am always in awe of its beauty.
While visiting recently in St. Louis I made my annual visit to the monument to admire my favorite landmark which has been under a major renovation for the last five years. That’s right, the park itself was completely closed down, lakes drained, trees removed, walkway rebuilt, visitor center completely redone/rebuilt, and is about to reopen on July 3rd. So, I couldn’t wait to get home to share some photographs I took and share some tidbits about my favorite monument in hopes of getting you motivated to visit.
Here are some great facts about the monument that I bet most people don’t know. Of course, all this information is available on various websites and in history books, but here is my list of 10 Things You Should Know About The Gateway Arch
- The Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere AND the tallest stainless steel structure in the world.
- The monument actually commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the expansion into the west following the completion of the Louisianna Purchase.
- The Arch is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world – over 4 million visitors per year. With the newly renovated park and visitors center, this number will certainly grow.
- The design of the Arch is attributed to two men playing with a chain connected at two points. The dangling, upside-down “arch” was the inspiration for the massive structure.
- The Arch is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds.
- The Arch is built to sway up to 18 inches, and it does sway a little in the wind.
- Many of the citizens, leaders, and politicians were originally opposed to such a structure. Planned in 1933 in the midst of The Great Depression, the Arch was not a popular project for many.
- The tram system used to take visitors to the viewing deck was designed in two weeks and is still used today. Ok, scary, but I have been in it and it’s kind of cool. Larger people beware, this thing is tight and if you are large or claustrophobic, stay on the ground level.
- Ten pilots have flown between the arch structure. Dumb
- The Arch is as tall as it is wide.
There you have it, folks, my favorite 10 Things You Should Know About The Gateway Arch. There is so much more to the monument, the area, and the park in which the arch sits, that you just have to go there for a visit to truly appreciate its significance.
Here are some of my recently taken photos of the arch itself. You cannot enter the new museum and visitor center just yet, or I would have some of those photos to share. But hey, if I did that I would be taking all the fun out of your visit.
So, get some plans together and make a visit to St. Louis, Missouri, and make a point to visit The Gateway Arch. Remember – July 3, 2018, is the projected “Grand Opening/Re-opening” of the renovated park. It’s going to be fabulous I’m sure.
And, a night shot just to cover my bases.
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