Diane was insistent that we go to St. Louis and photograph this iconic monument. It was on her 'bucket list'. We went along with that and boy am I ever glad we did!! The arch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It is more formally called the 'Gateway Arch'. For starters, here are some impressive facts. It is the tallest monument in the United States at 630 feet in height. it is the world's tallest arch. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The monument, dedicated to the American people, expresses the important westward expansion that was essential in building this country. The tribute to President Jefferson celebrates his vision of our country as he was an ardent supporter of exploration and early development of the western territories.
For me personally, the item of the Gateway Arch is only a half check off my bucket list. I want to go back when construction and maintenance is finished. I would like to take the tram, a marvel in design in its own right. Besides, I only have a half check on another item, the Missouri Botanical Gardens. That trip is coming up on a future blog posting. So, I think I shall visit St. Louis again (sigh). I bet I can talk Diane into meeting up for a repeat!!