Left: Eric and Ellie at the Arch View Cafe; Right: Ellie and me enjoying lunch with a great view of the Gateway Arch
Hanging out along the Mississippi River
The weather was cool and rainy that afternoon, and just as we finished our lunch the rain really began to fall. We booked it to the Old Courthouse to check that out and seek some shelter from the rain. The Old Courthouse was the site of the first of the two landmark Dred Scott trials, as well as the trial of Virginia Minor's case for women's right to vote. We spent some time exploring the exhibits and admiring the architecture until the rain died down a bit.
Left: The Old Courthouse; Right: Statue of Dred and Harriet Scott in front of the Courthouse
Eric sitting at the judge's bench in a replica courtroom, designed to look as it would have at the time of the Dred Scott trial
The dome of the Courthouse
We had timed-tickets to go up to the top of the Gateway Arch, and when we finished at the Courthouse, we still had a little time to kill. We spent our time perusing the gift shops, taking some pictures and briefly walking through the Museum of Westward Expansion.
On the steps of the Courthouse
Fun with bonnets in the gift shop!
Thomas Jefferson at the entrance to the Museum of Westward Expansion
When it was finally our "time" to head up to the top of the Arch, we got in line where they distributed boarding passes of sorts - colored tickets to indicate the order in which we would all board the trams to the top. We still had a little while longer to wait, so we passed the time by dancing and singing, and then practicing walking a bit.
We're ready to go!
Just strutting her stuff while we wait our turn!
Left: Ellie and me on the tram - tight fit! Right: Everyone boarding their trams
You can see how tightly packed people are inside!
When we reached the top, the interior of the Arch was about what I expected: a narrow room with skinny little windows on either side. The views were fabulous!
Hello, St. Louis.
The baseball stadium - we would be there in a week and a half!
Left: Looking straight down from one of the windows; Right: Ellie and me at 630 feet
Looking down at the Old Courthouse
All of us at the top of the Arch!
By the time we exited the Arch, the sun had finally come out. Ellie was plumb tuckered out, but we couldn't help but pause for just a few more photos with a pretty blue sky backdrop.
One of our favorite pictures from the trip
The Arch - it's really quite photogenic!
She St. Louis-ed till she dropped.
Ted Drewes frozen custard: a Route 66 Roadside Attraction!
Coming up tomorrow: The St. Louis Zoo and our trip to Milwaukee, with a stop in Bloomington!
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