Gateway to the West

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.

the Gateway Arch rises up behind the new glass entrance

Explore the new museum

The new museum at the Gateway Arch, photo courtesy of StudioBrookes

fireworks behind the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse

Plan Your Visit

Plan your trip to the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse

statue of Dred and Harriet Scott outside of the Old Courthouse

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.

the Gateway Arch

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery containing free, downloadable images of the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse

the plaque outside the Old Courthouse honoring Dred and Harriet Scott

African-American Life in St. Louis, 1804

Learn more about African-American life in St. Louis from 1804-1865 through the records of the St. Louis Court system.

books in the park library


Learn about the park library

Last updated: February 19, 2019

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11. North 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102


(314) 655-1600

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