It is sad that the $380 million renovation of the St. Louis Gateway Arch will take longer than expected.
People had hoped it would be done in time for the 50th anniversary of the Arch being finished in October 1965. It won’t be completed until the end of 2016.
Construction on the Arch began in June 1962. St. Louis residents living miles away from downtown would watch the legs of the Arch grow longer and come together as construction reached its end.
The Arch has been called the Gateway to the West, signaling the country’s westward expansion. However, Kansas City and Independence would take exception because people in those western Missouri cities consider themselves that gateway.
St. Louis just put up a national monument first. The renovation will include improvements to the park grounds, riverfront and museum beneath the Arch. It is being financed with public and private funds.
St. Louis celebrates its 250th anniversary this year. Yes, the red-brick city on the Mississippi River is older than the country.