While in Saint Louis, we had to take my daughter to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. You probably know this better as the Gateway Arch.
Driving from our hotel, we took a wrong turn, and wound up on the east side of the Mississippi River. We decided to take advantage of this mistake, to get a few photos of the Arch from the other side of the river. My wife found just the place, the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park.
This is a bit of a hidden gem. The east bank of the river seems underutilized. While the South Bank of the Ohio River tries to take advantage of its proximity to Cincinnati with a variety of restaurants, hotels, and similar spots, the Illinois side is a blend of highway interchanges and industrial sites. However, next to some vacant land and what looks like a grain silo is a park, with a small amphitheater and a forty foot tall observation deck–perfect for getting pictures of the Arch.
The Arch was completed in 1965, a little over a decade before I got to go up it the first time. I was not much younger than my daughter. As with everyone, anything that existed before I was born had been there forever, at least in my mind. It now strikes me that for my parents, our visit was to see a neat new thing. Now that the Arch is nearing fifty, for the next generation, that sense of permanence is real.