Friday, April 22, 2011
A is for Arch
It's Alphabe-Thursday and we are starting all over again with the letter "A". I realize that I am a day late and a dollar short (the IRS took my last dollars), but I just couldn't let this landmark go unnoticed! Behold, the Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri!
The Arch from the ground up on a sunny day!
The Arch is 630 feet tall and is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Construction began in February of 1963 and finished in October of 1965. The Arch is a public memorial to the men and women who made possible the western territorial expansion of the United States, hence the name "Gateway to the West."
The ground from the observation deck at the top of the arch!
The Mississippi River and arch steps from the observation deck at the top. During the summer, there are concerts at the bottom of the steps with the audience sitting on the steps.
Here's a closer look at the steps leading up to the Arch grounds. Sometimes the river will rise high enough to cover most of the steps.
In 2006, special lighting was applied to show St. Louis' support for Breast Cancer research.
There is a museum, theatre and various historical exhibits under the Arch (and underground) as well as the elevators that lead tourists to the top. If you visit St. Louis, you MUST stop at the Arch, and take the tram to the top!
Please hop, with all of the other spring bunnies, over to Alphabe-Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock, Off On My Tangent. Just click on the logo below and join the rest of the class with their "A" assignments!