St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch turns 50

In this photo made Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch rises above trees in St. Louis. The wicket-looking landmark, the nation’s tallest man-made monument and the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds, cost less than $15 million to build after construction began in early 1963 and is now undergoing an ambitious $380 million renovation. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Here are the latest developments in St. Louis’ celebration of the Gateway Arch turning 50:

It’s been a half century since the last, uppermost piece of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch went into place, and St. Louis is poised to observe that birthday.

Wednesday events include a morning Missouri History Museum remembrance by sheet-metal and iron workers, electricians and engineers who helped erect the wicket-shaped landmark that’s St. Louis’ famously defining feature.

A ceremony at 11 a.m. near the Arch will mark the moment 50 years ago that the final piece joined the nation’s tallest man-made monument, along the Mississippi River’s western bank. The city’s mayor and National Park Service officials will speak.

And at noon, National Park Service historian Bob Moore joins landscape architect Susan Saarinen — daughter of the Arch’s late designer, Eero Saarinen — for a panel discussion.

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