At 630 tall the St. Louis Arch is the tallest Arch in the world. It is also just as as wide as it is long. The location of the Arch was chosen in 1935 and the area was cleared, however, it was not completed until 1965. It opened to the public on June 10th 1967.
There are 1,076 steps to the top. By comparison The Washington Monument only has 897 steps. These steps aren’t accessible to the public but are instead used by maintenance. To get to the top of the Arch you must take a tram. Each tram has 8 capsules and each capsule fits five people. The tram system was developed by Dick Bowser in just two weeks.
At the top of the Arch there is an obersevation deck that fits 160 people. The observation deck has 16 windows on either side. Each window is 7 inches high and 27 inches wide.
The building pictured in front of the Arch is the old St. Louis courthouse. The building is now operated by the National Park Service and and is used for exhibits and events.
On September 7th 1944 the Germans began “The Blitz”, a strategic bombing the United Kingdom and London for 57 days, The German Luftwaffe aerially bombed London, killing over 20,000 people and destroying over a million homes in the city. The strategy lasted until May 1941 but did not succeed in breaking British resolve. By 1941, German attention was diverted to the Soviet Union.
The first Labor Day in the US was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City and it was planned by the central labor union. Around 10,000 people marched in a parade from city hall to 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic. It was organized to bring attention to unfair working conditions.
Oregon was the first state to declare labor day a holiday in 1887. It wasn’t until June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer and with that the unofficial end to hot dog season. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council hot dog season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. Don’t fret though, a new season unofficially begins labor day weekend: football season!
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On September 5th 1774 the first meeting of the First Continental Congress was held at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia, it met until October 22nd,1774. 12 of the 13 colonies met and decided to embargo trade with Great Britain.
It’s Skyscraper National day so we will be dishing out lofty facts! National Skyscraper Day was chosen to be on September 3rd because it is the anniversary of the birth date of Louis H. Sullivan who is often referred to as “the father of the modern skyscraper”.
The world’s first skyscraper was The Home Insurance Building in Chicago and was completed in 1885. It was only 10 stories tall and 138 feet high. It wouldn’t even count as a skyscraper today. Now, to be considered a skyscraper, a building must be at least 40 stories tall.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest skyscraper in the world at 163 stories and over 2,720 feet hight. It is nearly 20 times taller than the Home Insurance Building was. It also has world’s highest nightclub, world’s highest restaurant, and world’s longest travel distance elevators. Dubai is also home to more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world.
The Empire State Building in New York City has held the title of “world’s tallest building” longer than any other building. It claimed the title from 1931 to 1971 when the North Tower of the World Trade Center (also in New York City) surpassed it. The Empire State Building was built in a incredibly short 410 days and was the first building in the world to have more than 100 floors, clocking in at 102. The Empire State Building is still part of an elite group. There are still only 21 completed buildings on earth that have 100 floors or more.
The first ever commercial passenger elevator was installed in New York City, in 1857, at the Haughwout Department Store by Elisha Otis and the Otis Elevator Company. The elevator was steam powered. Obviously elevators are an essential part of building very tall skyscrapers, but the tallest building in the world with no elevators is the Intempo Skyscraper in Benidorm, Spain. The Intempo has 47 floors with no elevator…talk about a good workout for your glutes if you’re going to the top!
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