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Old 10-29-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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Happy 50th Birthday...

...to the St. Louis Arch.

I totally forgot to post this yesterday, but on October 28th 1965, at 9:30 am the final piece of the Arch was set in place.

As a life-long resident of St. Louis, the Arch is more than a beautiful and graceful monument. It has become a beloved symbol of our city. I used to travel (via air) a lot for work, and I loved coming in from the east, because you would get a stunning view of the Arch which meant I was finally 'home'



I have been to the top a couple dozen times in my life and it's always a thrill. They are totally redoing the Arch grounds, and the museum underneath the Arch right now. I can't wait to see how its gonna turn out.

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Old 10-29-2015, 09:36 AM   #2
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I recently watched a show about the construction. Pretty amazing! And those crane operators....well they had to be crazy!

I've seen it a few times, never been to the top but that is on the Vacay bucket list for sure!
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:05 AM   #4
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Just an FYI. If you visit St. Louis, a trip to the top of the Arch is a must. But also take a day and visit The City Museum. Especially if you have kids. You have never seen a place like this.

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Old 10-29-2015, 10:14 AM   #5
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Just an FYI. If you visit St. Louis, a trip to the top of the Arch is a must. But also take a day and visit The City Museum. Especially if you have kids. You have never seen a place like this.

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Also, it is just as fun for adults as for kids. They also have a full bar in the evenings. Its a great place for an active date
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:21 AM   #6
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We didn't make it to the City Museum, though we heard good things about it. But another tip is go to the zoo- it's free!

We also went out to the Cahokia Indian Mounds and the kids were impressed. It made a great lesson on native Americans.
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:50 PM   #7
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One of these days I'll maybe get to stop and take in a tour of the arch. Have been passing through now for over 20 years and just can't get the car to stop. Guess I need to haul the camper out that way. Later RJD
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We were there in 2007. My wife has a touch of claustrophobia and is sensitive to movement. So she wasn't happy in the elevators.

Being in that small room at the top, swaying in the wind wasn't much better either.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:32 PM   #9
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The last time I was up there, the park ranger told me most people overestimate the motion by a factor of 10. At most it'll sway 9 inches, but that's in a 150mph wind. That day I guessed it was swaying about 5 inches. She laughed and said it was swaying less than an inch.
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I didn't feel a thing. But if it was only swaying an inch, my wife would notice it. She does the same thing if we go on one of the big gambling boats on the Mississippi river. I never notice it though.
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