The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot tall monument in St. Louis, Missouri. The monument is clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch. It’s the world’s tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri’s tallest accessible building.
History of the Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch was designed by the American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947. The construction of the project began on February 12, 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965. The overall cost to build it was $13 million dollars and the monument was finally opened to the public on June 10, 1967.
Tram Ride to the Top
Although I have passed the St. Louis Gateway Arch many times crossing the country, I finally stopped and went inside a few years ago. It is an amazing work of architecture to look at from the outside but take a ride to the top for an experience of a lifetime.
The Gateway Arch transportation system is a train or tram of egg-like capsules that can stay horizontal despite traveling below, to the side of, and above the track and cabling. Its workings are reminiscent of both a Ferris Wheel and an Elevator.
The Museum at the Gateway Arch
The museum is located under the Arch. It is a pretty amazing place and has exhibits about the indigenous Native American Indians, historic explorers, American pioneers, and people who helped make America. Featuring six themed exhibit areas, this innovative and interactive museum celebrates America’s pioneering spirit.