2017 $23.75 Gateway Arch
In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis, Missouri, to explore the West. This trip later inspired thousands of settlers to travel through St. Louis, giving it the nickname, “Gateway to the West.” In 1935, 82 acres were set aside to honor the impact of St. Louis on westward expansion, becoming the U.S.’s first National Historic Site.
On May 30, 1947, a competition was announced to design a national monument on the St. Louis site. Eventually, the 172 entries were narrowed down to five finalists. Architect and designer Eero Saarinen, unanimously won the vote with his 630-foot arch intended to honor “the gateway to the West [and] national expansion...” The New York Times called the proposed design “a modern monument, fitting, beautiful and impressive.”
Construction of the arch began on June 23, 1959. Six years later, over 750,000 people attended the topping out ceremony and witnessed the placing of the keystone. It took two more years to complete the visitor center, and the Gateway Arch officially opened to the public on June 10, 1967.
Over four million people visit the Gateway Arch each year. Its remarkable architecture and historic significance make it a true icon of St. Louis and the West.
Issued: January 22, 2017
First Day City: Kansas City MO
Type of Stamp: Priority Mail Express Rate
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Method: Offset, Microprint
Quantity Printed: 3,000,000