The Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers

at The Gateway Arch in
St. Louis, Missouri
October 3, 2009

USA map showing location of Missouri
(plus some photos and postcards are incorporated from Lee and Karen Duquette's 1987 trip)

Different views of the famous Gateway Arch - the museum

- plus views of St. Louis from the windows of the Arch -
and the Taste of St. Louis Festival

Below:
The majestic Gateway Arch frames
the magnificent Old Courthouse
and ultra-modern architecture
in the vibrant city skyline.

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postcard
sizing postcard
information
sign - The Gateway Arch

history bookThe Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of an inverted, weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, and officially dedicated to "the American people," it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, as well as a popular tourist destination.

The Arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947; construction began on February 12, 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965, for $13 million (equivalent to $190 million in 2015). The monument opened to the public on June 10, 1967. It is located at the site of St. Louis' founding on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The Arch has served as the site for multiple incidents, accidents, and stunts, and following the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 and the September 11 attacks it has received a number of security related upgrades.

The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
Lee Duquette climbing the stairs to The Gateway Arch
Below: Looking directly UP at the arch gave the two RV Gypsies the impression that the arch was swaying, but in reality, it was the swiftly moving clouds that created the illusion.
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
the entrance to The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
Below: Karen Duquette at the bottom of the Arch
Karen Duquette at The Gateway Arch
Karen Duquette at The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
Below: The two RV Gypsies looked upwards at the windows at the top of the Arch.
the windows at the top of the Arch
the windows at the top of the Arch

Below: Then the two RV Gypsies took the journey to the top of the Arch.

ride the arch
the journey begins

Below: 1987 Magazine clipping of the view from inside the Gateway Arch.

Below: Views of St. Louis and the Mississippi River TAKEN FROM THE WINDOWS INSIDE the Gateway Arch
by Karen Duquette in 2009.
Mississippi River view  from the Arch
Mississippi River view  from the Arch

Below: 2009 - Actual views and photos by Karen Duquette

View of St. Louis from the Arch
View of St. Louis from the Arch
the stadium
View of St. Louis from the Arch
river view
river view
From high above, Lee Duquette noticed the white tents way down the street and decided that he wanted to walk there and see what it was all about, so after descending the Gateway Arch, that is where the two RV Gypsies went.
the white tents
View of St. Louis from the Arch
Below: Time to go back down to the ground. The stairway from the top of the Arch back down to the elevators. Each of the 8 elevators has 5 seats inside, really close together. The door to the elevator was only 4-feet high and the inside walls of the elevator were curved. There was not much head-room, and it was extremely crowded with 5 people seated inside.
staircase
Below: The two RV Gypsies explored Inside The Gateway Arch MUSEUM.
Inside The Gateway Arch Museum
Inside The Gateway Arch Museum
Lee Duquette inside the Gateway Arch
Karen Duquette on the Gatewry Arch Staircase
Below: Then the two RV Gypsies took the long walk to find those tents mentioned above. It turned out to be a food festival, much to Lee Duquette's delight. No photos of the food or booths were taken.
sign - Taste of St. Louis
Below: Views of the Arch from the food festival.
views of the Arch from the food festival.
views of the Arch from the food festival.
views of the Arch from the food festival.

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