Recognition Ceremony and Birthday Party – Wednesday, October 28, 11 am
At 11 am—the moment when the final piece of the Gateway Arch was put into place 50 years ago—National Park Service leadership, along with local officials and partner dignitaries, led a special recognition ceremony commemorating the completion of the Arch at the Old Courthouse.
From 11:30am - 1:30pm, Sarah's Cake Stop & Destination Desserts cupcake trucks distributed free 50th anniversary-themed cupcakes to the first 1,000 visitors.
$1 Journey to the Top Tram Rides – October 28, all day
For one day only, Journey to the Top tram ride tickets were sold at the original price of $1.
Visitors to the top received:
- A “Top of the Arch” lapel button modeled after one that was originally distributed when the trams opened in 1967.
- An “I Went to the Top” certificate, similar to the certificate handed out to riders in the 1960s.
Limited-edition 50th Anniversary Merchandise
Custom-designed 50th anniversary items—including hats, shirts, jackets, mugs, coasters, and more—are available for purchase in the Museum Store located under the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse Gift Shop, and online at www.shop.jnpa.com.
Partners and sponsors of these events include the National Park Service, Bi-State Development , Jefferson National Parks Association, City of St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum.