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.

fireworks behind the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse

Plan Your Visit

Get all the information you need to plan your visit to the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse

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

Library and Archives

Learn about the park library and archives

covered wagon in the Clash of Cultures exhibit at the Old Courthouse

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

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.

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Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(314) 655-1600
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