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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial


  • Address: Memorial Dr
  • Vicinity: Between Washington St, Poplar St and the Mississippi River
  • Neighborhood of Downtown in City of St Louis
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Gateway to the West

The Gateway Arch reflects St Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse. - NPS


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1939/10/14 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Dignitary Franklin Roosevelt and Senator Harry S Truman visit the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial site during the dedication of the St Louis Soldiers Memorial.
1942/00/00 40 city blocks are bought and all buildings are demolished, including the "Old Rock House" 1818 home of fur trader Manuel Lisa (now the stairs on the north side of the Arch) and the 1819 home of pioneer Jean Pierre Chouteau at 1st and Washington.
1947/00/00 Eero Saarinen Architect Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association, a group of public-spirited citizens, hold a nationwide competition to design the Memorial. Eero Saarinen, Dan Kiley, Lily Saarinen, J Barr and Alexander Girard beat out 171 other teams to win.
1947/00/00 Daniel Urban Kiley Landscape Architect Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association, a group of public-spirited citizens, hold a nationwide competition to design the Memorial. Eero Saarinen, Dan Kiley, Lily Saarinen, J Barr and Alexander Girard beat out 171 other teams to win.
1950/06/10 Harry S Truman Dignitary Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is dedicated by Harry S Truman.

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