Thursday, October 27, 2011

This Day in History October 28, 1965

Well, today we cover something that I have seen in person but was not ever allowed to go inside!  On this date in 1965, the magnificent St. Louis Gateway Arch was completed.  It is a 630-foot high parabola of stainless steel that marks the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.

I guess this brings back some painful memories.  When I was married, I got to see this, but my husband would not let us go inside of it.  He said there wasn't time.  He always promised to bring me back someday.  The next time I did go back, it was closed.  So, I have yet to be inside of it!

It is sad that the designer of this arch didn't even get a chance to see it come to fruition.  He died of a brain tumor in 1961.  The arch did cost less then $15 million to build, and about 4 million visit it each year.

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1 comment:

  1. The museum and Imax are cool, but if you are only visiting once, you have to go up top (unless you are scared of confined spaces - the elevator pods are tiny).


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