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Did you know that the Gateway Arch opened to the public in 1967? This monument is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It celebrates the westward expansion to the United States. It is the tallest arch in the world. The arch is about 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide at the base and is made from steel and concrete. Visitors can take a tram up the arch legs to the observation area at the top of the arch. The tram ride is described as half-Ferris Wheel and half-elevator.

We hope that you have an awe-inspiring day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.


Bonus Facts:

The Gateway Arch was designed by architect Eero Saarinen. Construction started on February 12, 1963 and finished on October 28, 1965. The arch is a weighted catenary which follows a mathematical equation.

The Gateway Arch is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Over 4 million people visit the Gateway Arch, about one million of the visitors take the tram to the observation area at the top of the arch.

Each of the legs of the arch contains a set of emergency stairs. Each set of stairs has 1076 steps.