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Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri

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The Gateway Arch, nestled on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, is named for the city’s role as the “Gateway to the West” during the U.S. westward
expansion and celebrates the pioneers who helped shape the city’s history.

The Gateway Arch National Park includes the Old Courthouse, where Dred Scott first sued for his freedom in a legal case that ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court, hastening the start of the American Civil War. The courthouse is also listed in the
National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

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