Gateway Arch

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Man-made monument, 142 pieces made out of stainless steel and concrete.

The two architects that planned the design for the Arch were Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel.

The Arch symbolizes a gateway that people could have traveled through to start their journey west.

Height ~ 630 ft. (192 meters) Width at Base ~ 630 ft. (192 meters) Thickness at Base ~ 54 ft. (16 meters) Thickness at Top ~ 17 ft. (5 meters)

Gateway Arch

Construction on the Arch began on February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965. Working on the Arch was very difficult, fortunately no one was killed during the the process. Usually, a scaffolding is used when new buildings are being constructed. However, because of the Arch's unusual shape, they couldn't use a regular scaffold. Workers had to work high off the ground in wind and rain, and there wasn't much to catch them if they happen to fall.

3 Facts~ There is a rumor that, on extremely windy days, the arch sways 4 inches from it's original standing point. ~ Tallest monument in the U.S. (standing at 630 ft. tall), taller than Lady Liberty and the Washington Monument.~ The workers welded a time capsule into the keystone that contained about 762,000 St. Louis students before the final piece was put in place.

The Gateway Arch is located on 100 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102. St. Louis has a humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season (city is 46% forest, 19% croplands, 18% grasslands, 14% built-up areas, and 4% lakes / rivers).


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