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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse. During a nationwide competition in 1947-48, architect Eero Saarinen's inspired design for a 630 foot stainless steel arch was chosen as a perfect monument to the spirit of the western pioneers. Construction of the Arch began in 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965, for a total cost of less than $15 million. The Arch has foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground, and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds. It sways up to one inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches. Fees are charged to ride the unique tram system to the top. Acreage: 90.96.

Plane - From Lambert International Airport take Interstate 70 East to the Memorial Drive exit. Take a left on Chestnut Street and a left onto northbound Memorial Drive. Take a right onto Washington Street and the parking garage is on the right.

Car - The park is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis on the Mississippi River. Interstate routes 44,55,64, & 70 converge near the park. Parking is available in the Arch Parking Garage on the north end of the park grounds on Washington St. or at privately run surface lots and garages nearby. The Arch Parking Garage has a seven foot height restriction. A passenger drop-off area is available for visitors with mobility impairments near the Old Cathedral on Memorial Drive.

Public Transportation - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is located at the Laclede's Landing Metro Stop.