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The pioneers for which this monument was constructed passed through St Louis heading west to the wide open country where they hoped to settle. By the time they reached this point they had been in-route for weeks or months.

I am starting my journey here. I will hopefully tie in all the historical structures to current pioneers and explorers and I post my shots and tell my story.

The work shops provide alternate views.

The arch stands 630 feet over the St. Louis waterfront on the mighty Mississippi River. St. Louis was the gateway to the west because this is the first cataract on the river, from here to the Gulf of Mexico is navigable by steamer; this was as far north as the boats could easily carry their passengers.

This shot is looking through the arch toward the east and the rising sun.

In each leg of the arch are elevators, more like trams, that convey passengers up and down. These are drum like contraptions that carry 4 or 5 people each and are strung together, maybe 6 or 8 cars. The adjust constantly on their travel to keep the riders level, very interesting ride, not for the claustrophobic.

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Additional Photos by Greg Davis (Greg1949) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1443 W: 102 N: 2512] (9011)
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