07 May 2012 Leave a Comment
St Louis, Missouri
A unique view of the St Louis Arch nestled in a fog bank above the Mississippi River.
19 Mar 2012 Leave a Comment
23 Feb 2012 Leave a Comment
Giralda Tower and Seville Light
on the Country Club Plaza
The soft glow of evening enhances the unique charm of the Giralda Tower and Seville Light on the Country Club Plaza, the nation’s first suburban shopping community. Seville, Spain, Sister City of Kansas City, Missouri, provided inspiration for the recreation of the Giralda Tower and Seville Light on the Plaza. Developed by J C Nichols Comany. Postcard produced on behalf of Mayor’s Commission for the Sister Cities
17 Jan 2012 1 Comment
Jefferson National Expansion memorial was established at a National Park in 1935 to commemorate the westward expansion of the United States. Designed by architect Eero Saarinen in 1947-1948, the 630 foot Gateway Arch was built between 1963 and 1965, It stands as a monument to the city of St Louis and the diverse group of people that played a role in opening the vast wilderness west of the Mississippi.
Previous post on the Gateway Arch – click here.
12 Jan 2012 1 Comment
Saint Louis, Missouri
After the Gateway arch was completed, the creeper derricks lowered themselves down the same tracks they had used to reach the top. As they descended, workers removed the tracks about them.
The Gateway Arch, or Gateway to the West, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. It was built as a monument to thewestward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet (192 m), it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, Missouri’s tallest accessible building, and the largest architectural structure designed as a weighted or flattened catenary arch.
The arch is located at the site of St. Louis’ foundation, on the west bank of the Mississippi River where Pierre Laclède, just after noon on February 14, 1764, told his aide, Auguste Chouteau, to build a city.
The Gateway Arch was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. Construction began on February 12, 1963, and ended on October 28, 1965, costing US$13 million at the time (approximately $90,500,000 today). The monument opened to the public on June 10, 1967.
- Wikipedia entry
The church – The St. Louis’ historic Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, is one of the world’s most honored churches. It stands on a tiny plot on the downtown riverfront near the south leg of the Gateway Arch. The original log chapel was dedicated over 200 years ago in 1770.
Postcard of the park today – click here
06 Oct 2011 Leave a Comment
The Oregon Trail
Heritage of the West
Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804 paved the way for the westward exodus of an estimated 300,000 pioneers by wagon train along what became known as the Oregon Trail.