• Looking up at the Gateway Arch


    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Pedestrian Access to the Gateway Arch From Downtown

    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut, Market St. and Pine St. bridges are closed. This leaves Walnut St. as the only point of entry to the Arch grounds from the city. If you park in the Arch garage there is access from the north end of the park. See maps. More »

Private George Shannon

Drawing of George Shannon.
Sketch copyright by Michael Haynes.
P.S. Well, it was quite a trip. I wasn't ready for most of what happened. I got lost for over two weeks in the autumn of 1804 and almost starved to death, and I was lost again for a couple of days at the headwaters of the Missouri in 1805. But I made it back! In 1807 I went along with Nathaniel Prior's expedition to return Chief Big White to the Mandans. In a fight with the Arikara Indians I was shot in the leg, which later had to be amputated. But I made it back! William Clark became a good friend. I helped him edit the expedition journals and studied to be a lawyer, later practicing law in Kentucky and Missouri. I also served in the Missouri State Senate. I died in Palmyra, Missouri in 1836 while working on a case in court.

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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...