The Amazing Gateway Arch

By: Christian Marks

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What's so unique about the St.Louis Arch?

The Arch is the tallest monument and one of the most visited tourist attractions. The Gateway Arch is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. The Gateway Arch is really very interesting. The Arch is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. The Arch is unique in many ways.

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The St.Louis Arch is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.

"The Arch is the fourth most visited tourist attractions in the world," according to Michigan.gov. "Each year over one million visitors take the trams (elevators) to the top of the arch," says Michigan.gov. The trams/elevators have been run or in operation for more than 30 years and have traveled a total of about 250,000 miles. Four million people visit this wonderful arch on average every year. Certainly the Arch is one of the most visited tourist attractions, but it is indeed very interesting in many ways

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The Gateway Arch is very interesting in many ways.

The St. Louis Arch was built in the form of an inverted arch or otherwise know as an inverted catenary. Christiann Huygens named the Arch this from a latin word which means, "related to a chain." This massive monument was built as a westward expansion towards the United States. "This monument was built to withstand earthquakes and high wind speeds," according to Michigan.gov. Although the Arch is really very interesting in many ways it is also one of the tallest monuments in the Western Hemisphere.

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The St.Louis Arch is the tallest monument in he Western Hemisphere.

The Arch is 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide from base to base. This tall tourist attraction can sway about 1 inch in 20 mph wind and was built to sway up to 18 inches. It takes about 4 minutes to get from the bottom to the top with the tram rides (elevators). "On cool damp mornings people wouldn't be able to see anything due to the dense fog," state's nps.gov.
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This all goes to say the St.Louis Arch is one of the most amazing monuments.

The catenary arch is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. The arch is interesting in so many ways. The Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. Would you go visit this amazing attraction?
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Michigan.gov December 17, 2015