Well, yesterday was the 50th Anniversary of the completion of the Saint Louis Gateway Arch. The above photo was one I took of the early stages of construction in the early 60s. Over the years, I’ve taken a lot of pictures of this colossus on the bank of the Mississippi River.
Right now, the entire national park grounds are being retransformed into the monument to westward expansion that architect Eero Saarinen envisioned in 1947. The new park will connect the river to the monument into the city with no traffic obstruction. US70/US44 which ran behind the Arch has been covered over with a fully landscaped park that connects the park grounds with the Memorial Plaza which continues for seven city blocks into the heart of downtown Saint Louis. The original Westward Expansion Museum built under the legs of the Arch is currently being replaced and expanded for future generations in the next fifty years.