Trip Start Jul 11, 2008
14Trip End Jul 27, 2008
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Anyway our main attraction for the day was going to Saint Louis and seeing The Gateway Arch. We were planning to take an elevator type of thing up to the top of the Arch once we got there. When we got there we were like 1 hour early but luckily they were able to move us up to 12:45 instead of 1:20, which saved us about 40 minutes. We had some time to spare before the elevator took off so we looked around at some of the museum that they had there.
It was a pretty interesting museum. Apparently the Arch was supposed to symbolize westward expansion from back during the colonial days. (I don't know if you knew that but I certainly didn't!) So the museum had things from the pioneers like covered wagons and personal belongings. It also talked about the Indians and how we basically stole their land from them that we had promised to let them have. One quote that I liked from a Native American chief named Red Cloud was "The white men made many promises. The only one they kept was to take away our land."
Once 12:45 finally rolled around we got in line and boarded the elevator. That elevator was strange to say the least... It was like stepping into a giant dryer drum. It had five little plastic seats in it spread around the perimeter that were really cramped together .It was the latest in 1960's technology. But it paid off when we finally got to the top. The view was spectacular; you could see all of St. Louis. It looked like you were in an airplane except that you could see more of the details. Despite the not so great elevators I would definitely recommend going to visit The Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
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