• Looking up at the Gateway Arch


    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.


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?

The Old Courthouse

The Old Courthouse at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was a gathering place for pioneers going west. It was also the site of several important nineteeth century trials which helped fuel major changes to the American way of life. To learn more about the Old Courthouse click here. More...