Sunday, February 8, 2009
I am going to try to show pictures and tell a little something about the area that I live in, every once in awhile because I really enjoy seeing photos and stories about where you live. The most famous site we have is the St. Louis Arch. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse. During a nation-wide competition in 1947-48, architect Eero Saarinen's inspired design for a 630-foot stainless steel arch was chosen as a perfect monument to the spirit of the western pioneers. Construction of the Arch began in 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965, for a total cost of less than $15 million. The Arch has foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground, and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds; it sways up to 1 inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches.
The picture below is of a tram that you have to get in to get to the top. It looks like a dryer to me with seats in it. I am very claustrophobic and I really didn't think I was going to be able to get in there. I shut my eyes and sorta held my breath the whole time, but I made it to the top. Once up there, it wasn't that bad, and I gained some confidence that I would make it back down. I seriously doubt I will ever go back up there though. Once was enough for me.
I wish we would take advantage of our tourist attractions more often, but the only time I went in the Arch was when some friends came into town to visit. Hopefully I will get out when the weather gets better and take some pictures and have some stories to tell about the area I call "Home".