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Lewis and Clark Trail

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

During the holidays, it will be my goal to share some interesting locations along the Lewis and Clark trail. Fun facts, this one to me, is that we actually live "on" the original trail now and the other great thing, our dawggie team will be racing along the path for fitness each week - 3,700 miles.

We are starting in St. Louis, Missouri,the beginning of Lewis and Clark's journey. Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly acquired land from the Louisiana Purchase, their trip began right here in May of 1804. The 1904 World's Fair was held here to celebrate the centennial of the trek. The invention of many modern foods claim fame to starting at the fair, including Hot Dogs, Iced Tea and Tums (go figure)!

St. Louis ~ "The Gateway City" has so many interesting things to do. Check out all these Fun, Fitness "things to do" many that are Free. Woo Hoo!

stlouis.about.com/od/top
attractions/tp/stlouis_zoo
.htm


Even the Westward Museum and Old Courthouse at the base of the Arch are free. For a small fee you can ride the tram the 630 feet to the top and see the view. I am not sure if I am up for the tram or not - What about you?


Here is a link to one person's opinion about the arch ride:
quirkytravelguy.com/visi
ting-the-gateway-arch-in-s
t-louis/

Here are some facts about the arch:

Construction of the arch began on February 12, 1963, and was finished on October 28, 1965. It was opened to the public on July 24, 1967. (after one of the trams was completed). It cost about 13 million dollars to build. The two bases are equilateral triangles (triangles with three 54 foot-long sides). At the top of the arch, the triangle is only 17 feet long on each side. Visitors enter the arch from an underground visitors center and can travel to the observation deck at the top in a 40-passenger tram that runs inside the arch.
The arch has 60-foot deep foundations. The arch is very stable and was built to withstand high winds and earthquakes. The structure sways about one inch in a 20 mph wind; it is designed to sway up to 18 inches in 150 mile per hour winds.
This is somewhere I think would be fun to visit:

www.mostateparks.com/par
k/katy-trail-state-park



See you on the journey - Stay Warm,
JDawg
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BURGUNDYBABE 12/13/2013 2:47PM

    Cool information! There are so many places I want to go, and now that has to be added.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 12/12/2013 11:20PM

    I've ALWAYS wanted to go up that Arch !! MAYBE someday !!!

TY For the WICKED NEAT INFO !! I LOVE reading this !! SOOO COOL !! YUPPERS !! I REALLY Wanna go up it,,, AND OF COURSE On the TRAM !! WIth my Camera on VIDEO of it, and MY REACTION !!! (I DO SCREAM like a GIRL !)

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/11/2013 12:45AM

    Awesome I love hearing about places and oddly enough it is one place I have not been I will add it to my bucket list !

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SAINTBETH 12/10/2013 4:55PM

    That's going to be a great trip! Have fun!

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MSHEL7 12/10/2013 3:31PM

    Cool information, thanks for posting, I love hearing about the places. Have fun on your trail.

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