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Gateway Arch in St. Louis

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.

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Oh the Gateway Arch, standing firm over the city,

Spreading your angles, for all to see.

You see where we do not,

Rising up and over, sometimes casting a shadow on me.

The sun reflects your angle and glides along your side,

As the moon rises to glow through the night.

Then the dawn of another day,

For you to shine for others – do not sway.  – Ron Tittle



Arch Angles

St. Louis arch 2Gateway Arch, a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., is considered the world’s tallest arch and the tallest human-made monument in the Western Hemisphere.

St. Louis arch from distanceThe arch adorns the skyline even when approaching downtown St. Louis.  Have you seen it before?

This link provides all the information you need to have a rewarding experience when visiting St. Louis.

K89B2523The entrance to the arch is just a short distance from the arch base on either end.  You can purchase your tickets for a ride inside the arch online or purchase them at the entrance visitor center.

St. Louis arch 1If you choose not to ride through the arch you can visit the museum after going through the security checkpoint.  It has excellent displays and information about the arch itself.

This is the first post of a series on the arch highlighting arch angles and the surrounding area.



St. Louis Q and Blues

Sugarfire in St. Louis-LogoWhen traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, one of the excellent restaurants to experience some of the best barbeque (BBQ) around is Sugarfire Smokehouse.  It is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis.

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We’re doing something completely different at Sugarfire. We take the best traditions of the best barbecue cities in the U.S.A. to create a St. Louis style barbecue that’s all its own. Our award-winning barbeque tantalizes taste buds with baby back ribs, juicy pulled pork, and the best beef brisket in town. And we’re famous for our specials: meaty mashups that defy logic and even gravity. Alongside the classics, we’ve ‘cued up andouille, artichokes, cheese curds, mushrooms, and more.

I believed the positive publicity I had heard of Sugarfire and had to try it for ourselves.

Sugarfire in St. Louis-2You may experience a long line waiting for the mouth-watering meat and side dishes but you’ll be glad you waited, and I’m not the one to wait more than fifteen minutes to order food.  This was one of the primary restaurants identified beforehand to visit so we had to experience it.

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I like the beverage area – ranging from soft drinks to sweet and unsweetened tea.

Sugarfire in St. Louis-beverage area

The atmosphere is pleasant with the blues decor.


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Mural on the wall with the window in the middle showing the connected room where blues were being played.  It’s part of the blues museum.

You can even hear live blues being played in the connecting stage area.  The blues museum is connected to Sugarfire.

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Bull grill in the entrance/exit.  The top of the bull opens to access the grill.
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Separate bull display to reflect some of the blues music.


So, when you are in St. Louis, I think this is a must try.

Carriage in St. Louis - K89B2525And, either before or after eating at Sugarfire, why not take a carriage ride.  We rode in the princess one and had a pleasant non-narrated trip through some of the historic and modern downtown St. Louis area.