Descent

This week’s photography challenge from The Daily Post is supposed to depict our view of descent.

My picture was taken in St. Louis, Missouri from the top of Gateway Arch.

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This was my second trip to the top of the arch.  However, this is the first trip that I remember. My mother tells me that she took me up when I was 3, but I do not remember that.  So, on this trip, I went to the top with 3 of my children.  It was a beautiful sight.

I thought I would share some facts about The Gateway Arch that you may not know.

  1. The Arch is 630 ft. tall and the legs of the Arch are also 630 ft. apart.
  2. The Arch is 63 stories tall.
  3. The Arch was designed to sway up to 18 inches in high winds, but it was also designed to survive an earthquake.
  4. It cost $13 Million to build the Arch.
  5. The construction of the Arch began February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965. The first tram to the top was opened to the public on July 24, 1967.
  6. The cost to ride the tram to the top of the Arch is $10 for 16 and older, while ages 3-15 costs $5.  (Very cost effective in my opinion)