First Gateway Arch Bobble Unveiled to Celebrate Anniversary
MILWAUKEE – This morning, to celebrate the anniversary of the completion of the Gateway Arch, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first Gateway Arch Bobble. The limited-edition bobble is individually numbered to 1,965 to commemorate the October 28, 1965 anniversary. The special edition bobble is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
The bobble features a replica of the Gateway Arch positioned on a grass-like base with a backing of the St. Louis skyline. The two ends of the Arch bobble. The base reads Gateway Arch on one side and St. Louis, Missouri, on the other. Each bobble is individually numbered to 1,965 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbles, which are expected to ship in December, are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
Completed on October 28, 1965, and opened to the public on June 10th, 1967, the 630-foot Gateway Arch stands on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. As the nation’s tallest monument, the Gateway Arch has welcomed visitors for over 50 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision of renowned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, the stainless-steel structure commemorates St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States. Officially dedicated to “the American people,” the Arch, commonly referred to as “The Gateway to the West,” is a National Historic Landmark in Gateway Arch National Park and has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, as well as a popular tourist destination.
The strong, elegant shape of the Arch represents a door to the western part of the country. Many pioneers passed through the city before settling in the western territory of the United States. While the Arch is 630 feet tall, the distance between its two legs is equal to its heigh. Visitors can ride a tram up to the top for views of the city, river, and surrounding land. At the base of the Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion shows what life was like in the 1800s. There are also exhibits on the construction of the Arch. Gateway Arch National Park was originally called the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial after the U.S. President who bought a large area of western land in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. To explore this land, the Lewis and Clark Expedition set out from St. Louis in 1804. In addition to the Arch and its museum, the memorial includes the Old Courthouse. Two of the Dred Scott trials related to slavery were held in the courthouse.
"The iconic Gateway Arch is one of the great landmarks of not only St. Louis or the Midwest, but the world,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We are excited to unveil this bobble of one of the most famous structures in the United States!”
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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.