Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Thomas Jefferson recorded what he considered to be his greatest
achievements on his tombstone: ” “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of
the Declaration of Independence of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom
and Father of the University of Virginia.” With respects to the great man, he
may have neglected at least one of his enduring legacies: the territorial
expansion of the United States. Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase, and the Lewis
and Clark expedition that he sent out to explore it, more than doubled the size
of the United States and brought the country’s territorial claims to the Pacific
Ocean. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial commemorates the Louisiana Purchase
and the Lewis and Clark expedition in the city from which the explorers set out.
The memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and
St. Louis’ Old Courthouse. The arch is 630 feet of stainless steel from which
you can get a magnificent view of the Mississippi River and the St. Louis area.
For those of you afraid of heights (OK, we talking to ourselves here), it sways
only one inch in a 20-mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches. The Museum
of Westward Expansion, located below the Arch, is as large as a football field
and contains an extensive collection of artifacts, mounted animal specimens, an
authentic American Indian tipi, and an overview of the Lewis and Clark
expedition. Just two blocks west of the Arch, the Old Courthouse is one of the
oldest buildings in St. Louis, dating from1839. The courthouse was the site of
the first two trials in the notorious Dred Scott case, which were held in 1847
and 1850. Today, the building houses a museum charting the history of the city
of St. Louis and restored courtrooms.

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