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St. Louis and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
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Route 66 crosses the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missourri, the largest city along the Route between Chicago and Los Angeles. During the 19th century St. Louis was the gateway city for westward bound settlers who made the perilous journey by covered wagon across the great prairie, mountains and deserts of the American west. Similarly, when the automobile era arrived, west bound motorists traveled Route 66 to and through St. Louis

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial commemorates President Thomas Jefferson’s vision of the spread of freedom and democracy from “sea to shining sea.” Located on a bluff above the Mississippi River in St. Louis the Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse. During a nation-wide competition in 1947-48, architect Eero Saarinen's inspired design for a 630-foot stainless steel arch was chosen as a perfect monument to the spirit of the western pioneers. Construction of the Arch began in 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965, for a total cost of less than $15 million. A Grand Staircase leads from the St. Louis levee up to the base of the Gateway Arch. Visitors may ride a unique tram system to the top of the Arch.

One of the most important cases ever tried in the United States was heard in St. Louis' Old Courthouse. A Negro Slave, Dred Scott, and his wife Harriet filed suit against Irene Emerson for their freedom on April 6, 1846. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court which decided the case in 1857, hastening the start of the Civil War

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