The first time I experienced the Gateway Arch I didn’t really “see” it. My mother was pregnant with your truly the first time she and my father took the elevator to the top. The Gateway Arch, finished in 1965 was still a new attraction so when my parents had the opportunity to visit St. Louis in 1969 it was their first chance to go up inside the arch and take in the view from the 630 foot vista.
The Arch, designed by an American architect named Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), was constructed between 1963 and 1965. It was finished four years before my birth on October 28, 1965, opening to the public on June 10, 1967. It has been called one of the nation’s most inspiring monuments. I agree. I can’t wait to see it again.
This week I am heading to nearby St. Charles for the National Genealogical Society Conference. I am excited to catch up with my genealogy friends and listen to the expert tips to hone my research skills. If you will be in St. Charles this week you can find me at the Missouri State Genealogical Association Booth #212, the Genealogy Speakers Guild Booth or in one of the many seminars offered. Hope to see you there!
 Dillon, David (August 8, 2001). “Big Bend; Gateway Arch Remains One of America’s Most Inspirational Monuments”. The Dallas Morning News. p. 12C.