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    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Pedestrian Access to the Gateway Arch From Downtown

    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut bridge will be closed as of today Monday, March 31, 2014. This will leave the Pine St. bridge as the Arch grounds point of entry to and from the city. The new Walnut St. bridge will open next Friday to foot traffic.

People

Click on the links below to learn more about people who played important roles in the history of St. Louis and Westward Expansion.

African-American Life in St. Louis, 1804-1865
Learn more about African-American life in St. Louis from 1804-1865. Learn about slave sales, slave life in St. Louis, freedom licenses, freedom suits and emancipations. Learn about Dred Scott, who sued for his freedom from slavery in the Old Courthouse. Explore his life story, the long history of the trials, and the aftermath of the Dred Scott Decision.

Lewis and Clark
Our Lewis and Clark pages are in the process of being converted to our new web site. We are adding new links every day but it will be some time before this page is complete. If you need information immediately that is not yet live please contact us.

Our old site:
The Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery

Our new site:
Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery

Virginia Minor Virginia Minor sued for her right to vote in the Old Courthouse in the early 1870s. Click on her name above to learn more about the case.

Thomas Jefferson Biography of the third president of the United States.

Did You Know?

1843 letter

The Museum of Westward Expansion at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial contains over 150 quotes from diaries, journals, letters and speeches. The designers of the museum felt the actual words of nineteenth century pioneers were the most powerful way to tell their story. Click to learn more. More...