Gateway Arch & Old Courthouse, Saint Louis

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Visit one of the city's most famous landmarks at Gateway Arch & Old Courthouse, the site of the beginnings of the famous Dred Scott court case. Completed in 1864, the 59 m (192 ft) tall building has long been an integral part of the local skyline. Join a guided tour of the domed building to learn more about its historical significance, including the 1846 case in which the escaped slave Dred Scott sued for his freedom, a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the Civil War. View the impressive interior of the courthouse, including the dome's decorative ceiling and several restored courtrooms dating to the early 20th century. Keep in mind that you must organize tours in advance by phone with the park rangers. To visit Gateway Arch & Old Courthouse and get the most from your holiday in Saint Louis, create itinerary details personal to you using our Saint Louis online trip itinerary maker .
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  • This is a very beautiful building filled with so much history. The rotunda is painted with beautiful murals and there is a huge American flag hanging down from the middle of ceiling. Some of the 13 co...  more »
  • A must see. The old courthouse was were Dred Scott and his wife Katherine case was heard. They wanted to be free. Which started the wheels of freedom to begin. The Civil War soon started there after. ...  more »
  • We visited here twice while on a two-week vacation traveling throughout Missouri. We found the history informative and the building beautiful, especially the rotunda where the American flag was flying...  more »
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  • Yet another place of historic value in St. Louis. The place is a museum and has the visitor's center for the Gateway Arch and thus serves as a starting point to the Gateway Arch, which is right opposite to this monument. The building is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. If you go up the stairs, you can see a couple of old circuit courts.
  • Great place to see some history. Beautifully built and excellent maintenance work. You can pickup tickets for the Arch and buy some cool gifts.
  • Absolutely beautiful historic building that everyone should visit at least once. It is not far from the Gateway Arch or the Old Cathedral so one could make an afternoon of visiting all three.
  • What a great place to begin your visit to St Louis! Fantastic help with recommendations, tickets, information and local attractions. Lots of history and a great gift shop, too.
  • History bluffs paradise. So much to see and learn the history that can really amaze an person with the deepest touch. The old court rooms and the top dome can make an photographer stay all day. I personally recommend everybody to go there.

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