Gateway Arch

The world famous Gateway Arch is a steel and concrete structure that stands 630 feet tall and weighs 43,000 tons. Thomas Jefferson, our country’s third president, authorized the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon in 1803, thus doubling the area of the United States. Many settlers traveling west used St. Louis as a starting point, a place to rest and restock provisions hence the nickname “Gateway to the West”. The urban riverfront park was named the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Visitors to the Arch can ride a tram to the top for a spectacular view of the city. Beneath the Arch is the Museum of Westward Expansion, on of the largest museums in the National Park Service.

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The world famous Gateway Arch is a steel and concrete structure that stands 630 feet tall and weighs 43,000 tons. Thomas Jefferson, our country’s third president, authorized the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon in 1803, thus doubling the area of the United States. Many settlers traveling west used St. Louis as a starting point, a place to rest and restock provisions hence the nickname “Gateway to the West”. The urban riverfront park was named the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Visitors to the Arch can ride a tram to the top for a spectacular view of the city. Beneath the Arch is the Museum of Westward Expansion, on of the largest museums in the National Park Service.