Celebrations start for the 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) –On Saturday,  hundreds of people came out to Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis under gray skies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch. There was plenty of food, fun, and music to go around. Organizer Ryan McClure says it's just the beginning of a series of events scheduled throughout the week.

They moved the event to Kiener Plaza because of ongoing work on the Archgrounds.

On October 28, 1965, the final piece of the Gateway Arch was put into place. The celebration continues Wednesday, on October 28,  with a recognition ceremony and birthday party.  A special ceremony commemorating the completion of the Arch will be held on the Fourth Street side of the Old Courthouse at 11:00am. Then, starting at 11:30am, the first 1,000 visitors will enjoy free 50th anniversary-themed from Sarah's Cake Stop & Destination Desserts .  Visitors can take a Journey to the Top tram ride to the top of the Arch for just $1 all day, the original price. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Old Courthouse, online at http://ticketsforthearch.com .

Also Wednesday, the public can meet the men who built the Arch in the 1960s, including iron workers, electricians, sheet-metal workers, and more. A meet-and greet will take place in the lower level of the Missouri History Museum from 9am-11am. It will be followed up by a panel discussion at Noon. It is free and open to the public.

Work on the Kiener Plaza portion of the CityArchRiver project is set to start in December.