Photo: Gateway Arch National Park, Springtime (Some rights reserved)

NPS: The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis‘ role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson’s role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.

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The Gateway Arch has been a popular tourist attraction since its completion in 1965. In the first year of its opening, the Arch welcomed over 1.5 million visitors and the numbers have increased ever since. (Stats)

The park is home to a variety of attractions, including the Museum at the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The Museum of Westward Expansion houses a variety of artifacts and exhibits related to the history of the westward expansion of the United States. The Old Courthouse is a historic building that was the site of the Dred Scott case, which was a landmark decision in the history of civil rights in the United States. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is a memorial dedicated to Thomas Jefferson and his role in the westward expansion of the United States.

The park hosts a variety of special events, such as the annual Fourth of July celebration and the St. Louis Blues Festival in August.

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