East Coast – Day 3-4 St. Louis & Louisville

Let’s continue from Oklahoma! Jouhl and I drove on through. Just about every town we passed by, presented their mightiest flag. Perhaps this was because it was close to Memorial Day?

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As we piled on the miles, the landscape started to turn more and more green.

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The Missouri state line.

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First stop in Missouri: Grand Falls outside of Joplin.

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This was an unadvertised attraction and getting there requires taking a few back roads.

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The Missouri Grand Falls is one of many waterfalls on the Missouri River. This one is rather hidden from the public.

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The stop was worth it though!

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Going back to the Interstate…

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Next stop, St. Louis and The Gateway Arch. This 630-foot-high monument is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. It’s also Missouri’s tallest accessible building and world’s tallest arch—yes, you can go to the top! This was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. It is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.

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Here’s a shot of downtown St. Louis.

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And here’s a shot with the TL.

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More state lines…

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Welcome to Kentucky!

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We made a quick stop in Louisville.

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We entered downtown to see the Wold’s Largest Bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum. This bat stands 120ft tall and weights about 34 tons.

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Here’s the bat. This photo doesn’t give you the sense of scale. You have to go and see for yourself!

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Next on the list was a drive by of one of the most haunted place in America. That is the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. This sanatorium opened in 1910 as a hospital to accommodate several tuberculosis patients. In the early 1900s, a massive outbreak of tuberculosis (the “White Plague”) prompted the construction of a new hospital. The hospital closed in 1962. The property is privately-owned with very strict security. Even stopping outside the gate can yield being yelled at from the security intercom. We still made a quick drive by..

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Best we could do.

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A quick google search shows what the building looks like.

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After Kentucky, we blew by Cincinnati, Ohio.

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And then West Virginia!

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And then Pennsylvania…

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There is so much more to share! I’ll be back…stay tuned!

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2 thoughts on “East Coast – Day 3-4 St. Louis & Louisville

  1. tysonhugie says:

    *chewing on popcorn and enjoying the show* This is great stuff, Jason! I must go up inside the St. Louis arch sometime! I’ll pass on visiting the interior of the Sanatorium, though 🙂

    • pawela says:

      Tyson, keep that popcorn handy! More posts to come. We wanted to climb the arch, but tickets were sold out by the time we got there. With a bit of planning, you could get some really cool blog content there. We didn’t really pursue any prospect of getting behind the gates of the Sanatorium, I have to be honest. 🙂

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