To the Top of the Arch

Kienor Plaza View of the Old Courthouse and the Arch

The gurls took the car to go quilt store shopping, but not before dropping Frank and I off at the MetroLink station. We rode the train downtown and then walked to the Arch. Pictured is the newly renovated Kienor Plaza, with the Old Courthouse and the Arch behind it. The statue in the fountain is called The Runner. The courthouse is currently closed for renovation, so we didn’t get to go in there. We grabbed hot dogs just in front of the Arch from a small food stand, for a wee bit of substance, before going beneath the Arch. We got tickets to the top and perused the museum awaiting our turn to go up. We were first in line, when our time slot was called. This put us last in line, in car number eight. At the top we had the most stairs to climb and had to wait until all of the other car’s people moved out of the way. Because of Covid, they now limit how long people can stay at the top to just ten minutes. They were running both the north and south trams, so a rope was strung halfway across the room at the top, limiting us further in our top of the Arch experience. Still, I think Frank was satisfied with the experience, even if it took us most of the day to enjoy just ten minutes at the top. All too soon, our time was up, and in the last shall be first nature of this system, our car was called first to line up for the ride to the bottom. We headed back down again. Afterwards, we walked around the Arch grounds, before heading back to the MetroLink train. This whole trip to the Arch was a Bi-state sponsored adventure. Bi-state runs the buses in Missouri and Illinois, and it also runs the MetroLink. This is a little-known fact that Bi-state also operates the tram cars in the Arch. Back in the sixties, when they were building the Arch, they ran out of money, before they could build the trams. Bi-state stepped up and ponied up the money and has gotten to operate the tram system ever since. Such a sweet deal! Our Arch tram tour guide said that as a Bi-state employee he gets to ride the MetroLink for free, saving on gas money. The gurls picked us up at the station near the house and we all headed home.

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