|at the GATEWAY ARCH|
|ME NEAR THE ARCH|
|City of ST. LOUIS|
The metropolitan St. Louis area, known as Greater St. Louis (CSA), is the somewhere between the 17th-19th-largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population of 2,900,605.
|Inside the tram to top of ARCH|
|First bridge across Missisipi river|
The centerpiece of the park is the 630 feet (192 m) tall Gateway Arch, designed by noted architect Eero Saarinen and completed on October 28, 1965.
|At the top, inside the arch|
The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, and named for Louis IX of France. After the Louisiana Purchase, it became a major port on the Mississippi River; in the late 19th century, it became the fourth-largest city in the United States. It seceded from St. Louis County in March 1877, allowing it to become an independent city and limiting its political boundaries. In 1904, it hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the 1904 Summer Olympics. The city's population peaked in 1950, then began a long decline that continues in the 21st century.
Written Monday 14th April 2014