Keystone set in St. Louis arch, Oct. 28, 1965
On Oct. 28, 1965, workers completed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, who died before it was finished, the landmark commemorated the bicentennial of the city where Lewis and Clark ended their journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase. A United Press International story in the next day’s Kingsport News of Kingsport, Tenn., reported on the structure’s final touches.
“The lofty ‘Gateway Arch,’ at 630 feet the nation’s tallest memorial and 75 feet higher than the Washington Monument, was ‘topped off’ Thursday after three years a-building.
“A ten-ton keystone section was raised into place atop two curving stainless steel legs on the Mississippi River waterfront.
“The arch, a symbol of St. Louis’ role as ‘gateway to the west,’ was more than 30 years in the planning stage and required more than $11.5 million and three years to build.”
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In the Oct. 8, 1965, Cumberland Evening Times of Cumberland, Md., columnist Don Maclean noted Congressional concerns about cost overruns on the project to build ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World.’ Gateway Arch has problems
An April 25, 1965, article in The Arizona Republic of Phoenix, explored the design and construction challenges of a monument exceeded in height only by the Eiffel Tower. Gateway Arch Nearing Completion