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Arch Construction Started 52 Years Ago Today

February 12, 2015 Downtown, Featured, History/Preservation No Comments

After more than two decades as a vacant site, work on a Jefferson Westward Memorial was finally started 52 years ago today.

ABOVE: Slope down to the north below grade museum entrance.
The Gateway Arch.

At the beginning of the 20th century our leaders wanted to raze the historic riverfront and pay tribute to the Louisiana Purchase.  In October comes the 50th anniversary of the final piece of the Arch being lowered into place. It’ll be a few more years before we can celebrate the half century mark of being able to visit the top of the Arch.

— Steve Patterson


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This is Bill, he’s worked for ⁦‪Metro‬⁩ since 1970! Second bus I’ve ridden where he calls out bus stops and places served. Love it! #stl ... See MoreSee Less

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This is not a “Where am I?”, it’s a ‘What did it used to be?’

My doctor bought this vacant building almost 20 years ago. Before it was a medical office, what occupied the 1954 building at 2340 Hampton?
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2 days ago  ·  

Where am I?

ANSWER: AT Still University/Affinia Healthcare (aka dental school), 1500 Park. Looking east from 2nd floor.
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