OCTOBER 28, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the â€œtopping outâ€ of the Gateway Arch. On a sunny fall day in 1965 a custom-built climbing derrick placed a final 10-ton triangle of stainless steel at the top of this huge, shining arch. The St. Louis Metropolitan Fire Department had to hose down the unlikely structure with cool waterâ€”it had expanded five inches in the sunâ€™s heat and the last piece wouldnâ€™t fit, apparently confirming many skepticsâ€™ warnings that architect Eero Saarinenâ€™s most famous project was doomed to fail.
But, with cold water coaxing the hot steel to relax, and 450 tons of hydraulic pressure convincing the north and the south legs to part, three decades of competition, controversy, and construction met 630 feet above the Mississippi River and became the incredible, fantastic, majestic Gateway Arch.
Absolutely filled with fascinating and little-known facts about the history, design, science, and impact of St. Louisâ€™ world famous arch
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24Ã—36â€³ (fits standard 2Ã—3â€² frames), printed on 81# Shaughnessy gloss white paper
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