The Gateway Arch
Monument to History
"A Massive Piece of Art"
Writer Phil Dotree said it best: “The Gateway Arch is the type of monument that every person should check out when they’re near St. Louis. It’s like the Empire State Building or
the Sears Tower, but it’s something more than that. The Arch isn’t just tall. It’s a massive piece of art, a symbol of exploration.” When people hear of St. Louis, they often think first of the Gateway Arch. It is one of the world’s great monuments. This amazing structure, four decades in the making, proudly represents important parts of our American history.
A Masterpiece a Long Time in the Making
A Challenging Project
The Arch commemorates the Louisiana Purchase...
...and the first Christian church west of the Mississippi and...
...the Dred Scott Decision, which led to civil war.
A Symbol of Momentous History
A World-Class Monument
The long labor of building the Gateway Arch created one of the greatest commemorations of our American history, as well as a massive piece of art. Without it, St. Louis just would not be the same city it is today. The words spoken by Vice-President Hubert Humphrey at the Arch’s inauguration are as true today as it was in the 1960’s when he said the Arch was “’a soaring curve in the sky that links the rich heritage of yesterday with the richer
future of tomorrow’ and brought ‘new purpose’ and a ‘new sense of urgency to wipe out every slum…Whatever is shoddy, whatever is ugly, whatever is waste, whatever is false, will be measured and condemned’ in comparison to the Gateway Arch.”
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