This Acrylic Fridge Magnet Shows the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri
The image on this souvenir fridge magnet shows one of St. Louis, Missouri's most important sites, the Old Courthouse. In the background, one can see the city's most famous landmark: the Gateway Arch. The Courthouse is today a museum maintained (along with the Arch) by the National Park Service as parts of the The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Begun in 1816 and completed in 1864, the Old Courthouse was constructed to be a federal court and was designed in a Neo-Classical style popular in the early American Republic. There were a number of historic cases heard in this courtroom. The most famous was the 1846 Dred Scott case, when the Court ruled that Scott and his wife - enslaved people - were not citizens. This was a major case in the run-up to the American Civil War. In 1872, the Court heard the case of Virginia Minor, a woman who attempted to vote before female suffrage, and was arrested. The court upheld the male-only voting laws.
Visiting the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
In addition to the Courthouse, the Memorial a more extensive site. The most visual striking part of the Memorial is the Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch is a 630 foot (192 meter) tall building constructed in 1965 to commemorate the nation's western expansion. Standing along the Mississippi River, it is a iconic symbol of the city. It is the tallest memorial in the United States and the tallest stainless steel memorial in the world. It is the lynchpin of the city's thriving waterfront district and the most popular tourist destination in the city. Other nearby sites include the Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals), the Laclede's Landing historic district, and the Downtown commercial district.