As Barringer Fifield so aptly notes in his book Seeing Saint Louis, “The Arch is where everything comes together. The improbably stainless steel flourish unites not only earth and sky, land and water, east and west, but also St. Louis’s past and present, its challenges and responses. Here is where the city begins...” This ribbon of steel is as evocative of St. Louis as the Eiffel Tour is of Paris or the Statue of Liberty of New York. When you come to the arch, you come to the starting point of St. Louis’s history.
When you stand beneath it, you stand where founding father Pierre Laclède once stood. When you ride to the top of the arch, you survey the land that greeted fur trappers, explorers, missionaries, immigrants, and pioneers heading West. Special attractions: The arch, museums, views of the river and downtown skyline, an urban forest, and the historic Old Courthouse.
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