|My good friend Trish Gosche from high school in Kansas got married on November 3, 2007 to Chris
Tavares in St. Louis, Missouri. Daniel and I flew down to the city famous for the
Gateway Arch for
this event and looked around the city in addition to my catching up with old friends.
The happy couple...
Extended exposure during unity candle lighting
My friend Millie's son Charlie and her husband Chuck
Charlie taking after his mom and playing with the organ
We stayed in a nice hotel in Creve Cour which is french for "Broken Heart" which is why I'm glad the ceremony wasn't held there!
Here is a nice column along the highway exit ramp for Creve Cour sporting a broken heart.
Trish and Chris dancing away at the reception
Trish and her dad
Chris and his mom
Daniel and Trish
Now...what else is there to do in St. Louis...of course - the arch!
The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial as the federal park is known, is near the starting point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The park also commemorates the Louisiana Purchase, first civil government west of the Mississippi, and the debate over slavery raised
by the Dred Scott case begun at the Old Courthouse nearby. The park has 4 million visitors each year.
Chuck points something out to Charlie
The arch was designed by architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer
The arch is 630 feet (192 m) tall
The arch is made out of a skin of stainless steel covering reinforced concrete for the first 300 feet (91 m). From there to the peak it is made of carbon steel and rebar.
The general shape is one of a chain hanging upside down
Entrance to the visitor's center. We had to get tickets for later in the day since the line was rather long and security took
a while to get through.
In this color adjusted photo you can see some of the trees which lead up to the arch in two rows and are arranged quite well
around the monument. However, the parking at $6 (which we had to pay twice as we were coming back later even the same day) was a
bit much and frustrating that the structure said "Public Parking" even though it was $6 which wasn't stated until you got closer
to the structure itself.
The Eads Bridge built around 1875 is a beautiful structure as well sitting just
adjacent to the arch parking garage
There was a small barge with an even smaller helicopter offering tours nearby and it buzzed the park area of the arch several times
No Miller in sight...they don't know what they're missing (Milwaukee plug)
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