6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Illinois to Knob Noster, Missouri
My destination for this day was Worden, Illinois. As I
got closer to Worden, I discovered there were no campgrounds,
and some of the local hotels looked bad. I went a little
further north of Worden, and found this place in Livingston,
Illinois. It was old, but nice, and they give you a free
breakfast with your overnight stay.
This veterans' memorial was right across the street.
The interesting thing about this town, is that it's the same
name as my parents' hometown of Livingston, California.
This Livingston is next to Worden, which is my mother's
name. What an amazing coincidence!
My sister Nita collects elephants, so this photo is for her!
So, just down the road about 10 miles, the town of Worden,
Illinois! Hey, I may see some of my relatives here!
Hey, where is everyone? It's a Saturday, nice
weather, and nobody around. Seems a lot of little towns in
the Midwest have this problem...no jobs, so nobody living there.
Here's a panorama of the main street. I think I saw two
Ok, back on the road! The interstate had some
construction going on, just as I caught this glimpse of the
Gateway Arch. The sign says, "Left lane closed 1 mile
ahead." What puzzled me is that everyone started to merge
right at the sign, instead of where the lane stops. If you
merge further up, the through lane accelerates, and spots
open. Things move fast. Nobody here seemed to be
able to figure this out.
I had the whole lane to myself for nearly a mile...nobody
understood how to merge. Weird.
WOW! This thing is HUGE! 630 feet tall, 630 feet
wide. See those small slots at the top? Those are
the observation windows! Yes, we're going to the TOP!
This guy and I are standing in the center. Look at the
people over by the leg, and you'll get an idea of how enormous
this thing is! Near each leg is an entrance to
the museum below, and the tram ride to the top.
These are the tram pod entrances. Each pod holds 5
It's a tight fit!
An example of a pod in the museum.
Top of the arch! Windows are on each side, and the
triangular shape gives you a good view out and down.
Lean over! It's scary!
What an amazing view! The Mississsippi River is below.
The view West. The baseball stadium belongs to the St.
The outside is welded stainless steel.
WOW! That was amazing! The site of the Gateway
Arch is where the city of St. Louis began. In the early
1920's, this area had become run down, and a local businessman
proposed clearing it all out for a monument to America's
Westward Expansion into the Louisiana Purchase and beyond.
The arch was built in the early 60's by a skilled team of
builders, with no loss of life. That is truly amazing,
since they did not use safety harnesses or tool lanyards.
Here is a great documentary on YouTube:
Modern Marvels Gateway
Well, Westward Ho! This night, I was heading toward my
grandfather's home of Holden, Missouri, and made it to Knob
Noster, where I stayed the night in Knob Noster State Park
Campground. It was nice, but dark when I got there.
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