By Chelsey Hankins
As the rustic grew, settlers driven westward around the Mississippi River to assert land and start new lives. From Lewis and Clark's famed day trip to the uncharted western lands to the rigors confronted by means of early pioneers, The Gateway Arch illustrates the persevering spirit of the american citizens exploring the western frontier. The tallest nationwide monument at 630 toes, the Gateway Arch, built in St. Louis, Missouri, within the Nineteen Sixties, symbolizes how the town served as a gathering zone, resting position, and place to begin for millions of settlers through the nineteenth century.
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Extra info for The Gateway Arch (Symbols of American Freedom)
27 Religious persecution 23 Reservations (Native Americans) 13 Rocky Mountains 7, 15, 21; map 14 Visitors to Gateway Arch 37, 40–42 Saarinen, Eero 32, 34; ill. 34 Young, Brigham 23 Wagon trains 21; ills. 21, 24 Wilder, Laura Ingalls 25; ill. 25 H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H About the Author Chelsey Hankins grew up in central Illinois and used to visit the Gateway Arch almost every summer with her family. A. A. from The Ohio State University, both in American history.
Fur traders and other explorers begin to head west in growing numbers. Settlers begin traveling to the Pacific Northwest over the Oregon Trail. Mormons begin migrating to Utah over the Mormon Trail. In the treaty ending the Mexican-American War, Mexico turns over to the United States a large amount of land in the Southwest. The Gold Rush draws tens of thousands of people to northern California. Congress passes the Homestead Act, giving free land in the West to new settlers. S. government announces that the country has become completely settled and the frontier is closed.
The park also provides stunning views of the Mississippi River and of downtown St. Louis. Other parts of the memorial are the Museum of Westward Expansion and St. Louis’s historic Old Courthouse. The Old Courthouse The Old Courthouse, just across the street from the Gateway Arch, was completed in 1828. It was expanded in 1839. The building played an important role in the national debate about African-American slavery in the United States before the Civil War. indd 38 8/10/09 8:42 PM St. Louis’s historic Old Courthouse (the white building in the center of the photo) as seen from the top of the Gateway Arch.