The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.
Gateway to the West
Summer of Fun
New programs and special events to suit your family. Experience history, explore literacy, learn about citizenship and encourage wellness.
New Exhibits at the Old Courthouse
New exhibit galleries have just opened at the Old Courthouse which cover the history of early St. Louis and its role in westward expansion
The Dred Scott Trial
One of the most important cases ever tried in the United States began here when Dred and Harriet Scott filed for their freedom.
Last updated: June 9, 2017