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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

The Gateway Arch and the rest of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial were established in the 1950s to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Voyage of Discovery, which intensified the western expansion of the nation.

The Gateway Arch The Gateway Arch

What a beautiful sight! And this is just from the parking lot. As you walk closer, you pass reflection pools, which should yield a pretty picture, right? And they would, too, if it weren't for that pond scum. No, actually, I think that is pollen. The reflections are still nice, but they'd be nicer still without the interference.

The people standing there give you a better idea of the size of this thing The people standing there give you a better idea of the size of this thing

A straight-on shot and a closer shot: the people standing there in both photos give you a better idea of the size of this thing. It is big: 630' tall, 630' leg-to-leg.

From the top you have views to the east across the mighty Mississipp, and to the west, the skyline of St. Louis, Missouri.

The view to the east, across the Mississippi River

The view to the west, the St. Louis skyline

The National Park Service has some interesting articles about the Arch here. Click on "In Depth."

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