Happy Independence Day! Can you see the sign in the middle of this painting?
From the iconic Gateway Arch to the Mississippi River Ferries, St Louis, Missouri, is globally recognized as an all-American city. Did you know that this city was originally named for King Louie the 9th? But believe me, the residents are all American!
Here’s another interesting fact. St. Louis, almost became our nations capitol? Eric wasn’t surprised. He said, “There’s something special there. It has it’s own soul. It has a feeling which makes it so unique – so American.”
St. Louis provides one of the largest and most popular fireworks event in the country. Independence Day in St. Louis means parades, music, fireworks and fun. There’s always Fair St. Louis, but don’t count out the parties thrown by smaller cities and communities. Webster Groves Community Days, for example, is one of the best (and best attended) 4th of July celebrations in the region.
The Gateway Arch, the focal point to the painting above, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Learn more…
Eric described his trip to the top of the Arch, which is over 100 years old.
“They seal you in a cart with about five people. It’s dark. It’s clankety. You feel like at any minute, you may break down. And as you get to know the last four people you think you’ll know on this planet, you arrive at the top. And that’s when the swaying begins. Another moment of life in peril. And yet it has stood for over 100 years… and that reality gives you hope. I highly recommend it!”
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