Day 4 – Saturday
Perhaps the most famous landmark in St Louis is the Gateway Arch, which is known as the gateway to the West and commemorates the place where travellers started their exploration and settlement in the west, just on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The Gateway Arch was designed to represent the shape of the necklace that early travellers wore around their necks. The designer recognised that all the best monuments were simple and symmetrical, eg obelisks, domes, pantheons etc, but wanted to come up with a new shape. Only when designed did he also see the symbolism of the archway through which travellers started their journey west.
It was estimated that 13 people would lose their lives whilst building the arch, not in fact, no one did.
Dred and Harriet Scott filed suit for their freedom at this courthouse in 1846. Their case reached the United States Supreme Court and was decided in 1857. The court ruled that the Scotts and all African Americans were not citizens of the United States. Opposition to the decision was one of the causes of the civil war and led to the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the constitution. The Scotts’ struggle for freedom stands as a defining moment in the history of the civil rights movement.
St. Louis Cardinals baseball team were all in our hotel today doing their ‘winter warm up’. It is an annual event for fans. Memorabilia stands, silent auctions, children’s activities and presentations all feature, but the real draw is the opportunity to meet the players and collect autographs. Tickets are sold player by player and lines form across the vast hall. All monies raised go to local charities. What great idea?!
Mark met his hero player too.
This one’s for you Helen. The home of Anheuser Busch on the edge of town. Didn’t have time for the factory tour but we promised to make a toast with a bottle of bud light tonight!
Our last stop of the day was at Fanning to see the World’s largest rocking chair, very amusing. It doesn’t rock.
And so on to Springfield Missouri for our overnight at one of the original Route 66 motels!