The Gateway Arch

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The Gateway Arch
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Not only is St. Louis’s premiere attraction the world’s largest arch, but it is also the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. Standing proud at 630 feet tall, this metal beauty was built in the mid-20th century as a monument to America’s westward expansion and is meant to signify the connection of the East to the West, honoring the country’s first pioneers. To fully understand this architectural wonder, snag a ticket on the Gateway Arch Tram and ride to the top of the monument. 

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<p>The <b>Gateway Arch</b> is a monument in <a href="/pages/w/106187639418786">St. Louis</a>, in the <a href="/pages/w/109424399076333">U.S. state</a> of <a href="/pages/w/103118929728297">Missouri</a>. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a flattened <a href="/pages/w/107059415998184">catenary</a> arch, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Missouri%23Missouri%27s_tallest_accessible_buildings" class="wikipedia">Missouri's tallest accessible building</a>, and the world's tallest arch. Built as a monument to the <a href="/pages/w/112669248752759">westward expansion of the United States</a>, it is the centerpiece of the <a href="/pages/w/111680445515946">Jefferson National Expansion Memorial</a> and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.</p><p>The arch sits at the site of St. Louis' founding on the west bank of the Mississippi River.</p><p>The Gateway Arch was designed by <a href="/pages/w/143433965668218">Finnish-American</a> architect <a href="/pages/w/107790375910113">Eero Saarinen</a> and <a href="/pages/w/268556416591321">German-American</a> structural engineer <a href="/pages/w/110859628966298">Hannskarl Bandel</a> in 1947. Construction began on February 12, 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965, at a total cost of <a href="/pages/w/115918151753334">US$</a>13 million. The monument opened to the public on June 10, 1967.</p><h2>Background</h2><h3>Inception and early funding (1933–1935)</h3><p>Around late 1933, civic leader <a href="/pages/w/138045982882767">Luther Ely Smith</a>, returning to St. Louis from the <a href="/pages/w/109622062396744">George Rogers Clark National Historical Park</a> in <a href="/pages/w/109477929070449">Vincennes, Indiana</a>, beheld the crumbling St. Louis riverfront area and envisioned that building a memorial there would both revive the riverfront and stimulate the economy. He communicated his idea to mayor <a href="/pages/w/135093883191471">Bernard Dickmann</a>, who on December 15, 1933, raised it in a meeting with city leaders. They sanctioned the proposal, and the nonprofit Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association (JNEMA—pronounced "Jenny May") was formed. Smith was appointed chairman and Dickmann vice chairman. The association's goal was to create:</p>
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