On This Day: Completion of the Famous Gateway Arch

On this day in 1965, the 630 foot tall curve of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch was completed.

Ready to Complete

On Topping Out Day

32 Years of Planning & 3 Years of Construction

The Arch

Interesting, related tidbit of history: it seems that while in town for the arch’s monumental completion, Aline Saarinen—wife of the architect who designed the building—was robbed.

Robbed while in town for the arch

Eero Saarinen, sadly, died in 1961, two years before construction of the arch began.

Find more on the arch and its history, meaning, and construction with a search on Newspapers.com.

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