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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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