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Monday, June 15, 2009

Touring St. Louis... and then some.

I had a great time in St. Louis. The PLC conference was great, and we did get in some time to go see a few of the sights. On the 13th we went into downtown St. Louis using the MetroLink train, and were going to catch buses to get around from there... wrong. The buses were not running downtown until August, and we didn't have the time to wait. So after walking a few blocks and realizing our time constraints, we hailed a cab. It took us to the Anheuser-Busch company where Budweiser was born. That was cool, kinda like getting a golden ticket and seeing Willie Wonka's factory, except there was an odd beer smell in the air instead of chocolate. We took the history tour, and saw how Bud was made. We saw the Clydesdales, and their posh surroundings, and they are oh so pampered.
After we left Anheuser-Busch we went to the Gateway Arch. That was awesome! When you come out of the wooded park and find yourself standing underneath the arch it it breathtaking, and you can't go to St. Louis without going into the arch. We went up right around sunset and the view was spectacular.
After the arch we went to the MetroLink to go back to our motel, but got an idea to take the train a little into Illinois. I'm not so sure we didn't end up in Ohio. Not really, but we rode it to the "end of the line" at Fort Scott, IL. We then rode it back to St. Louis to the airport where we could catch a cab back to our motel (12:30 pm). It was fun, but we were so tired.
I am now thankfully back home with my family, but I was nice to get out and see things I have only heard about or seen in pictures.

In downtown St. Louis with the Gateway Arch in the background.
On The MetroLink
The Eads Bridge over The Mississippi River to Illinois. Built in 1874. 6,442 feet long.
The Eads Bridge caissons, still among the deepest ever sunk, were responsible for one of the first major outbreaks of "caisson disease" (also known as "the bends"). Fifteen workers died, two other workers were permanently disabled, and 77 were severely afflicted.

Another view of the arch

Don't know what this is but it looked cool... I'll look it up later.
This Federal style courthouse was completed in 1828.
In 1839 ground was broken on a courthouse designed by Henry Singleton with four wings including an east wing that comprised the original courthouse and a three-story cupola dome at the center.
In 1851 Robert S. Mitchell began a redesign in which the original courthouse portion on the east wing was torn down and replaced by a new east wing.
From 1855 to 1858 the west wing was remodeled with the Dred Scott hearings taking place in the west wing before the remodeling.
In 1861 William Rumbold replaced a cupola with an Italian Renaissance cast iron Dome modeled on St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The United States Capitol dome which was built at the same time during the American Civil War is also modeled on the basilica. The St. Louis dome was completed in 1864.

A beer delivery wagon from AB

Beer making on a large scale.

Very ornate surroundings for a factory.

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery, in St. Louis, Missouri is a National Historic Landmark District. Anheuser-Busch world headquarters is located in St. Louis, Missouri. The brewery there, the largest of the Anheuser-Busch breweries, was opened in 1852 and includes three buildings that are known to be listed as National Historic Landmarks, but in fact a large area including many buildings was designated.

The Gateway Arch is known as the "Gateway to the West".
It was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947 and built between 1963 and 1968. It is the only building in the world based on the catenary arch, making it the iconic image of the city. It stands 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide at its base. The legs are 54 feet wide at the base, narrowing to 17 feet at the arch. There is a unique tram system to carry passengers to the observation room at the top of the arch.

Below the arch

Illinois from the top of the arch

Inside the arch on the top. You have to ride in a capsule to get to the top it was erie but cool.

Under the arch looking up at sunset.

Under the arch looking up at night.


Parrothead said...

Okay here is an update...
the building with the green dome is the old courthouse building scene of the famous Dred Scott decision of 1857. This was a decision by the United States Supreme Court that ruled that people of African descent imported into the United States and held as slaves, or their descendants — whether or not they were slaves — were not protected by the Constitution and could never be citizens of the United States. It also held that the United States Congress had no authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories. The Court also ruled that because slaves were not citizens, they could not sue in court. Lastly, the Court ruled that slaves—as chattel or private property—could not be taken away from their owners without due process. The Supreme Court's decision was written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney.

Although Dred Scott was never overruled by the Supreme Court itself, in the Slaughter-House Cases of 1873 the Court stated that it had already been overruled in 1868 by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Dayna said...

Hmmm...those pictures look eerily The shadow of the arch was cool. I'm working on getting mine uploaded so you can see them too.