The Gateway Arch ~ St Louis, Missouri USA.  by robfalbo

The Gateway Arch ~ St Louis, Missouri USA.

Photo of the day... The Gateway Arch
St Louis, Missouri USA.
© Rob Falbo (2022)

The world's tallest arch and Missouri's tallest accessible building.

On my many trips through St. Louis, I always thought that the Gateway Arch was some kind of Parabolic art installation and much smaller than it actually is. Can I be the only one?

On my last trip with the family, we got even closer, and it is HUGE!

I knew this internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis was referred to as "The Gateway to the West" and was built as a monument commemorating the westward expansion of the country. However, I had a lot to learn.

First, it's actually a "catenary" which has a more complicated formula than a parabola. Second, the Arch is 630 feet high, with a base of about 600 to 630 feet depending on who you ask.

Third, not only is it part of the Gateway Arch National Park, but you can take a ride to the top of it for a panoramic view of the St. Louis skyline.

According to "the trams are a one-of-a-kind invention, conceived in just two short weeks by an amazing man who never received a college degree. His name is Dick Bowser." For the complete story and lots more info, and photos, take a look at the website.

The Arch was completed on October 28, 1965, at a cost of $13 million dollars U.S. About $90 million in today's dollars.

Apple iPhone 5s~ 4.15mm ~ f/2.2 ~1/30sec ~ISO 80 ~EXP 0 ~ No flash, auto
I lived near St. Louis when the arch was built. One time a date and I were stuck in a modular for about 20 minutes ☺️. Great photo that brings back memories.
May 27th, 2023  
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