Earlier this week I was in St. Louis for work which was exciting because most of the Midwest is uncharted territory for me. As I like to do anytime I’m visiting a new city, I went for an early morning run. I was lucky enough to have company this time as two of my colleagues were just as eager as me to check out some morning views of the Arch before sitting all day at our meeting.
Since we were staying downtown it was super convenient to find our way around, other than a bit of construction that made our search for the entrance to the Arch just a bit confusing.
We first ran over Eads Bridge which connects St. Louis, Missouri to Illinois. We thought it was very cool to say that we ran all the way to Illinois. As I later learned, the bridge connects to a city called East St. Louis, Missouri (I find that so odd!) and (if only we knew) it is the home to the Gateway Geyser which is the second tallest fountain in the world. It was built to complement the St. Louis Arch and spews water up to 630 feet to meet the height of the Arch. The Eads Bridge was built in 1874 and is on the list of National Historic Places as a landmark. It was tall and I can see why–to accommodate steam boats that would make their way down the Mississippi River.
We took some photos of the Arch from the other side of the bridge–pretty spectacular view! If only a steamboat drove by!
We meandered our way back into the city and into Archway Park to take in the spectacular view of the enormous structure. Certainly puts the Washington Monument to shame! It was even difficult to get a full shot of the entire structure up close. Photo credits for the morning shots go out to my colleague, Arianne, who was sweet enough to snap some photos of me running without me knowing! What a great way to start the morning.
The following day after our meeting ended I walked down to the Arch again with some other colleagues.
We snapped a few more photos before heading over to the baseball game with colleagues–Cubs vs. Cardinals (Cubs won). Perfect weather, great meeting and some good Midwestern fun built in. ‘Til next time…meet me in St. Louis!