For most St. Louisans, the Gateway Arch is a symbol of what it means to be from St. Louis. When you drive towards the city, you can almost always see it watch your drive in. When your out of town friends or relatives visit, it’s one of the highlights on an obligatory tour of St. Louis. But how much do you really know about the Arch? Welp, this Cake Monster has gathered the top ten most interesting facts (at least to her, anyway) about the monument to help you beef up your knowledge of the Gateway Arch.
1.) The Arch just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on October 28th (one day…and several decades…away from this Cake Monster’s birthday)! It was completed in 1965.
2.) The architect who designed the Arch was Eero Saarinen. He wanted the Arch to be a monument to Thomas Jefferson as well as for it to be “a landmark of our time.”
3.) The Gateway Arch is the tallest man made monument in the United States.
5.) Trams run every 5 or 10 minutes (depending on if only one or both legs of the Arch are running) which can take you to the top of the Arch. But if you were interested in walking up the stairs inside the Arch, which don’t get too excited about it, they’re only for emergencies or maintenance, you’d have a 1,076 step journey ahead of you.
6.) Once at the top, the viewing area can only hold up to 160 people at one time, but if the weather is just right, you can get a view of Missouri on one side and Illinois on the other. However if the weather is a little rough, the Arch has been known to sway!
7.) If six passenger tram rides and crammed viewing spaces aren’t your thing, there is still plenty to see in the area underneath the Arch. In particular, there is the Museum of Westward Expansion which is “sadly” currently closed, but which contains an inappropriate amount of mannequins.
8.) In 1987, the Arch and the area surrounding it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
9.) And just in case you were wondering, the Gateway Arch weighs 43,220 pounds.
Also while we were visiting the cake, Mercutio took this amazing photo while we were on the Arch grounds then added his own personal editing touch which inspired this Cake Monster, who is also a Seven Word Storyteller, to write the Seven Word Story you can read here.
And now you can impress your friends, and maybe even win a trivia night, with your newly acquired Gateway Arch knowledge!