Engineers plan to descend the north leg of the Gateway Arch Thursday, weather permitting, to take samples of stains on the exterior of the monument. The excursion will be one of the few times since the Arch was completed in 1965 that anyone has climbed (with permission) on the Arch's exterior. A c ... More >>
We know Memorial Day isn't actually the official first day of summer, but it sure feels like it. Pools are opening, pork steaks are grilling and there are lots and lots of patios. Don't feel overwhelemed, though -- we've hand picked the best food-related events this weekend and for your day off on M ... More >>
You know that whole idea about environmental regulations being bad because all they do is hurt businesses that do a fine job of self-reporting any problems because if they didn't, they'd be out of business? Well, that might not be very efficient, evidenced by a chemical facility in the southern par ... More >>
Hey, did you guys know that Jeff Tweedy was on the season finale of Parks and Recreation last night? I didn't. Wait, that's not quite true -- I heard about it a million months ago but kind of forgot until 40 minutes before the episode aired, and then I got excited and forced a friend to say that I c ... More >>
A particularly tech-savvy park ranger is behind a growing online conversation over attracting more people to the riverfront for events at the Gateway Arch. "National Park Service wants you to come hang out at the park," posts law enforcement ranger Coty Stief on Reddit. "What kind of programs would ... More >>
The $380 million project to renovate the grounds at the Gateway Arch hit an avoidable bureaucratic snag last week that threatens to delay the project's already ambitious timeline. The National Parks Service was scheduled to give federal approval to the renovation project Wednesday but refused becau ... More >>
Last night, officials with the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, the folks behind the massive redevelopment project around the Gateway Arch, unveiled new details of their project -- which they say they is on track for completion by October 2015. The $380 million public-private partnership involves ma ... More >>
On February 12, 1963, construction began on the Gateway Arch, launching the two-and-a-half year, $13 million build-out of the tallest national monument in the country. In honor of the anniversary this week, we've assembled historic photos below.
Are you happy with the plans you've heard so far for the City Arch River 2015 project? Now is your chance to weigh in on the future of the Gateway Arch. The National Park Service recently completed its mandatory environmental assessment -- (very large) full report on view below -- and today is givin ... More >>
The city and surrounding counties don't own the Arch grounds. The federal government does. It's a national memorial and park run by the National Park Service. So why should WE raise our own local taxes to revitalize that property? That's the multi-million dollar question asked by critics of Board Bi ... More >>
According to the National Park Service, the corrosion stains on the Gateway Arch are "natural and minor," and that overall, "the Arch is as sound today as the day it was built." Goodie!.....But what's causing the stains?
Suzy RustAfter more than twenty years of darkness, the Luna Cafe sign is lit!Luna Cafe (201 East Chain of Rocks Road, Granite City, Illinois; 618-931-3152) opened in 1926, which makes it the oldest structure on Historic Route 66 still operating under its original name. More important, it just won ... More >>
image viaYou want a Truman House? This is a Truman house!One of the biggest attractions in Independence, Missouri, is the Harry Truman House. The elegant Victorian mansion at 219 North Delaware Street is, indeed, a house fit for a President, and the National Park Service has spruced it up for ... More >>
For most people the story of Lewis and Clark ends in September 1806 when the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned from their two-and-a-half year expedition of the Louisiana Purchase. But the story continues -- albeit much longer for Clark who went on to govern the Missouri Territ ... More >>
Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen didn't live long enough to see the completion of his masterwork -- St. Louis' own Gateway Arch. He died in 1961, two years before construction even began.Happy birthday, old chap!Had Saarinen lived (and lived and lived) he would have been 100 years old today. ... More >>
At 9 a.m. tomorrow, the National Park Service will unveil proposals from the five finalists vying to redesign the grounds surrounding St. Louis' Gateway Arch. Mayor Francis Slay will make an appearance, as well as the park's superintendent and the manager of the competition.It should be quite the ... More >>
Today's the deadline for the five finalists in the National Park Service's competition to redesign grounds around St. Louis' famed Gateway Arch. They didn't go for the Arch Slinky. Weird.Oddly, even after our inspirational and, dare we say it, revolutionary suggestions last month, the RFT ... More >>
Due to the Mississippi River's high levels, the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert series, which starts on July 9 with a show by Common, will be moving locations. This weekend's Fair St. Louis shows with John Legend and the B-52s are not affected. The press release we just received: Following exten ... More >>
citytoriver.orgLook at this "gaping wound" of a highwayKeegan, there's a reason why smoothing access between Downtown and the Arch appeals to a bunch of smart people at: the Partnership for Downtown St. Louisthe Post-Dispatch Editorial Boardthe City to River organization the National Park Service ... More >>
A spokeswoman for the grassroots group trying to save artist Don Wiegand's Chesterfield Valley studio says the Army Corps of Engineers appears to be backing down from its plan to condemn Wiegand's property in order to make way for a levee. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond and Congressman Todd Akin have s ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/lauroThen head downtown to the Gateway Arch. The National Park Service is offering adults a $3 discount off its tram rides to the top of the 630-foot tall structure. The park service is also offering additional discounts on its riverboat cruises, movies and other entertainment at t ... More >>
Got a heads up late yesterday from Tom Bradley, superintendent of the Arch grounds here in St. Louis, that there are only six more days for the public to weigh-in on the National Park Service's proposed changes to the land surrounding the Arch.To view the four potential master plans for the site, cl ... More >>
So now maybe there won't be a big American migration museum on the Arch grounds. On the heels of my story last week about the St. Louis Arch grounds, and specifically the fact that Congressman William ''Lacy'' Clay had introduced a bill in Congress which would transfer control of parts of the gro ... More >>
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